Feb 27, 2021

Geometrid moth (Crypsiphona ocultaria)

 

The Geometrid moth, (Crypsiphona ocultaria), of the family Geometridae, is one of the most common moths found in Australia. As larvae they are green and feed on eucalypt leaves. When threatened the grub stands still, pretending to be a stick.

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Feb 26, 2021

Passionvine hopper (Scolypopa australis)

 

Passionvine hopper, (Scolypopa australis), is native to Australia and has been introduced to New Zealand. Despite its name, they are found not only on passion vines, but on many plant species, including kiwifruit and the lantana. They are brown with partly transparent wings, about 5–6 mm long as adults and 4-5 mm as nymphs.

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Feb 25, 2021

Barred Skipper (Dispar compacta) Butterfly

 

The Barred Skipper, (Dispar compacta), butterfly is a small type of "skipper". The adult butterfly is brown, with a few white and yellow markings on the wings. It has a wingspan of about 45 - 50 mm. The Barred Skipper is found mainly along the eastern side of mainland Australia.

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Feb 24, 2021

Fruit Fly (f. Tephritidae)

 

A major agricultural problem for fruit growers in Australia is Fruit fly, (f. Tephritidae). These flies inhabit fruits and vegetables to which they cause severe destruction and degradation. There are strict border controls in place for the transport of fruit across state borders in Australia.

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Feb 23, 2021

Ladybird Beetle (Coccinella transversalis)

 

The common spotted ladybird, (Coccinella transversalis), is bright orange with black dots on its back. They're voracious predators of aphids, scale insects and mites. Ladybirds are very common in gardens all around Australia.

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Feb 22, 2021

Fringe Lily (Thysanotus patersonii)

 

There are many native wildflowers in Australia. The Fringe Lily, (Thysanotus patersonii), is among the more common, they produce purple flowers between July and November across southern Australian states.

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Feb 21, 2021

Thread-legged bug (Stenolemus bituberus)

 

One of the strangest, yet most interesting insects I've ever encountered. A Thread-legged bug, (Stenolemus bituberus), spends almost it's entire life in spider webs and feeds mainly on spiders, moving from one web to the next, devouring the web creator.


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Feb 20, 2021

Orange Rose in full bloom

 

Roses do not bloom hurriedly, for beauty, like any masterpiece, takes time to blossom.

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Feb 19, 2021

Ghost Moth (Elhamma australasiae)

 

Macro close-up of a Ghost Moth, (Elhamma australasiae), from the family Hepialidae, also known as Swift Moths. There are about 150 species found in Australia. These moths fly in late summer and Autumn into early winter. They sometimes emerge on mass after rains.


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Feb 18, 2021

White-tailed spider (Lampona murina)

 

The White-tailed spider (Lampona murina) is native to southern and eastern Australia, and so named because of the whitish tips at the end of their abdomens. White-tailed spiders are vagrant hunters that seek out prey rather than spinning a web to capture it, their preferred prey is other spiders.

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Feb 17, 2021

Charles De Gaulle Rose

 

The tiny dropplets of early morning dew glittering on the petals in this close-up of a Charles De Gaulle rose, taken with a telephoto lens.

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Feb 16, 2021

Plum Tree Blossom

 

Plum tree blossom shot with a macro lens and a small amount of flash. The relatively fast shutter speed and small apeture produces a dark background, while the flash lights the white blossom.

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Feb 14, 2021

Female Redback Spider (Latrodectus hasseltii)

 


A female Redback Spider, (Latrodectus hasseltii), waits at the enterance to her lair for prey to be trapped in her web.

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Feb 12, 2021

Salticidae Jumping spider

 


Jumping spiders are fun to photograph. They always look at the camera, as if they are posing. This jumping Spider, (Salticidae sp.), is about 4-5mm, so quite small and definetly required a macro lens.


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Feb 11, 2021

Common European Wasp

 

A European Wasp, (Vespula vulgaris), perched on a piece of Eucalyptus bark. Also known as the common wasp, is found all over Australia and has a nasty sting.


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Feb 10, 2021

Brown Rat (Rattus norvegicus)

 

Don't let the cuteness fool you, the Brown Rat, (Rattus norvegicus), is a domectic and commercial pest and properties can become over run with these little destructors if not controlled. But, looks good in a photo, hey.


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Feb 9, 2021

Australian Bush Cockroach

 


Macrophotography close up of an Australian Bush Cockroach, (Periplaneta australasiae). Unlike other cockroaches, such as the more common brown American cockroach, (Periplaneta americana), the Australian bush cockroach isn't an "indoors" pest.


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Feb 8, 2021

Wolf Spider (Lycosa sp.)

 


There are many different species of wolf spider, which are so named because they actively hunt and run down their prey. The most common species found in our area is (Lycosa sp.), which ranges from light to dark brown or in colour with black, grey or brown markings.

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Feb 7, 2021

Pink Bellied Moth (Oenochroma vinaria)

 


Although moths are known to appear at night, attracted to bright lights, they can also be found resting during the day in various places. The Pink Bellied moth, (Oenochroma vinaria), is common all over Australia. This one was resting on a Hebe bush early morning.

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Feb 6, 2021

Slender Ringtail

 


The Odonata are an order of flying insects that includes the dragonflies and damselflies. The Slender Ringtail, (Austrolestes analis), is active through Spring to Autumn in most southern parts of Australia.

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Feb 5, 2021

Grapevine Moth Caterpillar (Phalaenoides glycinae)

 


Many caterpillars are found in gardens, some rarer than others. This one is the caterpillar of the Grapevine Moth, (Phalaenoides glycinae), which I discovered on the leaf of a Fuchsia.

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Feb 4, 2021

Garden Orb Weaver (Eriophora transmarina)

 


The Garden Orb Weaver Spider, (Eriophora transmarina), has many colour variations and can be found in many parts of Australia, including suburban gardens. This specimen was repairing it's web after your's truly accidently walked into it.

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Feb 3, 2021

Green Grocer

 

The Green Grocer, (Cyclochila australasiae), is a species of cicada and one of Australia's most familiar insects. The Green Grocer is one of the loudest insects in the world.

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Tiny Arachnid

 


Many spiders are so small they are barely noticed. This tiny arachnid, (Uloboris barbipes), is around 5-6mm total length and has quite an elaborate web covering a large area.

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Feb 2, 2021

False Garden Mantis

 


The False garden Mantis, (Pseudomantis albofimbriata), is one of the most common species of mantis in Australia and are either green or brown but rarely may come in other colours. Females have short wings that only cover half of the abdomen, whereas Males have wings that cover the full length of the abdomen.

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Feb 1, 2021

Plant Hoppers

 


These small insects are known as "hoppers". They are, from left, Passion Vine hopper (Scolypopa australis), Green Flatidae Planthopper  (Siphanta acuta) and Grey planthopper (Anzora unicolor).

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