18 September 2007

Moreton Bay Bugs


In response to some queries from overseas readers, below is an illustration and description of the Moreton Bay Bug.

Funnily enough, we had bugs for lunch. One of the pharmaceutical reps brought lunch in today. Sushi, sushimi, bugs, crabs, oysters, prawns and all the attendant sauces and dips...wasabi, roasted garlic, seafood, soy...oh, absolute heaven! It went down very well with all, except our practice manager...who can't stand fish or seafood of any kind...poor Peter.




Description
Moreton bay bugs grow to a length of 28cm and over 0.5kg. They are reddish-brown in colour with speckling and have dull yellowish tails. This species can be distinguished from the Balmain bug by the position of its eyes, which are located at the outer edge of the carapace.



Habitat/distribution
The Moreton bay bug lives on muddy or sandy bottoms in oceanic waters to depths of up to 60m. It buries itself during the day and is active at night. They can be found throughout Queensland coastal waters, as well as in northern New South Wales and off the northern coast of Australia.
Thanks to the Department of Primary Industries website.

17 comments:

Lee said...

Now that sounds like my kind of lunch! Just think, I was going to call by too, Robyn! ;)

It's a FLIP-FLOP World said...

Not my kind of lunch!! I think I will stick to a good deli sandwich!! In fact, I need to get ready!! I have a ladies meeting at Olive Garden soon!! Hope all is going well with you!! Have not heard from you in a bit!!

SAndy

Granny said...

I love seafood. Is your "bug" something like lobster without the claws?

We have something here called crayfish (or crawdads) which look weird but are certainly edible.

It was a brave soul who ate the first of any of the shell creatures.

Gledwood said...

you call that a BUG? bugs aren't they usually about 1cm long if not smaller

that is a bloody great LOBSTER my dear!!

Gledwood said...

do people eat them? are they nice?

or what?

i don't geddit....

i remember going home to one of my schoolfriends' places aged about 7 and getting this bizarre fishy sandwich ... asking what is it and being told it was CRAB... honestly I nearly puked just at those words... HOW anyone could eat a disgusting clackering crustacean was totally beyond me...

but then so is so very much human behaviour!!

PEA said...

Ok, so it's not really a BUG as in INSECT but more like a seafood...that's a bit better! lol I'm afraid I'm not much for seafood except for deep fried battered shrimp:-) xox

RennyBA said...

Sounds like a very special but also nice lunch - thanks for sharing :-)

Walker said...

So its like a a crayfish then and not an isnsect.
I can deal with anything that goes with garlic lol

Tina Trivett said...

Crab & Prawns sound yummy to me. What do you dip the bug in?

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Are they related to lobsters? Yummy, if so.

Christine and FAZ said...

Oh, I so miss bugs - they look disgusting but they taste sooooo good. Better than lobster. Christine

Peter said...

Might be a tie-in with the name Peter there Robyn, I can't handle seafood either although I do like fish.

Dragonheart said...

Interesting! I wouldn't think something called "bug" would be seafood you could eat, but clearly it is! Thanks for sharing. :)

Hootin'Anni said...

Well, if I can consume and digest squid and octopus, I certainly can try these bugs!!!

What a lunch.

Merle said...

Hi Robyn ~~ Count me out on this one. Thanks for your comments catching up. I seem to spend my life trying to catch up. Have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend, my friend. Love, Merle.

wazza said...

Gidday Robyn,

Count me in. Love the seafood. Had the one or two Moreton Bay Bugs and also the W.A. lobsters. They all taste similar to crab altho' the taste can be a little stronger.

meeyauw said...

It sounds a bit better now; but the name! They sound like lobster but smaller. i'm glad you told us!