Mar 30, 2021

Flies as Pollinators

 

This Green Blow fly (Lucilia cuprina), is feeding on the flower of Garlic Chives. Flies are second only to bees when it comes to pollination and are the main pollinators of Cacao trees from which chocolate is made. Unlike honeybees, flies don’t need to carry pollen and nectar back to a hive, they visit flowers to sip on the nectar themselves.

1/500 - f/7.1 - ISO200 - macro

Mar 25, 2021

Brown Rat, Rattus norvegicus - Video

 

Brown Rat (Rattus norvegicus), searching for food.

The Brown Rat, also known as the common rat, street rat, sewer rat, is a widespread species of common rat. One of the largest muroids, it is a brown or grey rodent with a head and body length of up to 28 cm long, and a tail slightly shorter than that.



Mar 24, 2021

Golden-tailed Spiny Ant (Polyrhachis spp.)

 

There are a lot of ant species in Australia, including the Golden-tailed Spiny Ant (Polyrhachis spp.). These ants are about 10mm in length and are ground nesting. They have a black head and body, red legs and gold marking on the abdomen.

1/200 - f/9 - ISO100 - macro - diffused flash

Mar 21, 2021

False garden Mantis underside

 

One thing about photographing a False garden Mantis (Pseudomantis albofimbriata), is they always seem to be upside down. So here's a shot, taken from above, showing the underside of the Mantis. This specimen is a male.

1/200 - f/9 - ISO100 - diffused flash

Mar 19, 2021

Black Field Cricket (Teleogryllus commodus)

 

The Black Field Cricket, (Teleogryllus commodus) is a cricket species native to Australia.They are significant pests to most plants in Australia and New Zealand. The species originated in Australia but with time they were introduced to New Zealand. They are known to cause significant damage to pastures and gardens. They inhabit rocky surfaces or ground with large amounts of cracks as it gives them shelter from the sun, and are most active at night.

1/200 - f/9 - ISO100 - macro - diffused flash


Mar 17, 2021

Eucalyptus Tip Bug (Amorbus alternatus) Nymph

 

Nymph stage of a Eucalyptus Tip-wilter Bug (Amorbus alternatus), aka Gumtree Tip Bug, in the family Coreidae. The adults are typically dark brown in colour with light brown to orange on the legs and antennae, and alternated brown and yellow along the edges of the abdomen. Males have stouter hind femora and spiny hind legs. Body length about 20mm, plus antennae. They are relatively slow moving, but both adults and nymphs will release strong repellent odours when disturbed.

1/100 - f/7.1 - ISO400

Mar 16, 2021

Rose Aphid (Macrosiphum rosae)

 

Macrosiphum rosae, the rose aphid, is a species of sap-sucking insect in the family Aphididae. It infests rosebushes as its main host in spring and early summer, congregating on the tips of shoots and around new buds.

1/200 - f/9 - ISO100 - 55mm + 31mm macro extension - diffused flash

Mar 14, 2021

Grass Dart (Ocybadistes walkeri) or Skipper

A Grass Dart, (Ocybadistes walkeri) or Skipper butterfly resting on a fallen Rose petal just after a short rain shower.  This species of small butterfly is found in eastern and southern Australia, with one sub-species found in the Northern Territory. 

1/200 - f/9 - ISO100 - macro - diffused flash

Mar 12, 2021

Rufous Grasshopper

 

The Rufous grasshopper or Gomphocerippus rufus (synonym Gomphocerus rufus and others), is a medium-sized, broad, brown, 'short-horned' grasshopper with clubbed antennae that are tipped with a conspicuous white or pale colour. It is fairly large, averaging 14 to 22 mm in length. It is of the subfamily Gomphocerinae in the family Acrididae, the predominant family of grasshoppers. This species is present in most of Europe, in the eastern Palearctic ecozone and in the Near East. It can be encountered from late July through mid-December, usually in dry or slightly moist habitats. The environments in which it typically resides include dry grassland on calcareous soils, sheltered valleys with scrub, and the open borders of forests. It feeds on grasses and various herbaceous plants. It is known for its distinctive courtship song and accompanying display.


1/200 - f/9 - ISO100 - 55mm + 31mm macro extension - diffused flash

Mar 11, 2021

Rufus Net-Caster (Deinopis subrufa)

 

The Rufus Net-Caster, (Deinopis subrufa), is a species of net-casting spiders. It occurs in Australia and in New Zealand. It is a nocturnal hunter, having excellent eyesight, and hunts using a silken net to capture its prey. They feed on a variety of insects, eg; ants, beetles, crickets and other spiders.

1/200 - f/9 - ISO200 - 55mm + 13mm macro extension - diffused flash

Mar 9, 2021

Uloboris congregabilis Spider

 

The Uloboris congregabilis spider, of the family Uloboridae, is widely common through out Australia, yet has no known common name. They are quite a small spider with a body length of about 6mm, and are distinct in appearance by their humped abdomen. Uloboridae spiders do not have poison glands.

1/200 - f/8 - ISO200 - reversed 55mm - diffused flash

Mar 8, 2021

Zebra Cactus Flower Macro

 

Here's a macro shot of a Zebra Cactus flower, (Haworthia fasciata), isolated from the background using a telephoto lens and macro extension tube.

1/250 - f/8 - ISO200 - 135mm + 31mm macro extension

Mar 7, 2021

St Andrew's Cross (Argiope keyserlingii)

 

A female St Andrew's Cross spider, (Argiope keyserlingii), in her web, the silk egg sac or casing and the hatched spiderlings.

More info @ Wikipedia 


Mar 6, 2021

Trailing Lantana (Lantana montevidensis) 'Luscious Grape'

 

Trailing Lantana (Lantana montevidensis) 'Luscious Grape'. A small strongly scented flowering low shrub with oval-shaped green leaves. The flower-head is a cluster of several purple to lavender to white funnel-shaped flowers with lobed corollas each nearly a centimeter wide. In Australia, this plant is a noxious weed and is toxic to livestock.

1/200 - f/9 - ISO400 - 55mm macro

Mar 5, 2021

Shaggy Jumping Spider (Hypoblemum griseum)

 

This Shaggy Jumping Spider, (Hypoblemum griseum), was photographed on the side of a house. The spider appears to be protecting a nursery web, which probably contains the eggs and/or hatchlings.

1/200 - f/11 - ISO200 - 55mm + 31mm macro extension - diffused flash

Mar 4, 2021

Garlic Chives Flowers Macro

 

Although Garlic chives, (Allium tuberosum), are classed as an invasive weed in Australia, they are grown by many people for use in cooking. They flower from late Summer into Autumn and as you can see, the flowers make an excellent macro subject. 


1/160 - f/9 - ISO400 - 55mm + 31mm macro extension

Mar 3, 2021

World Wildlife Day 2021

 


World Wildlife Day is celebrated each year on March 3. to raise awareness of issues that impact wildlife. Earth is home to countless species, and wildlife plays an important role in balancing the environment. It can be found in all ecosystems, deserts, rainforests, plains, and other areas. The day also highlights the issues such as urbanization, poaching, pollution, destruction of wildlife habitat, and the ways that humans can contribute to conservation efforts.


Mar 2, 2021

Honey Bee (Apis mellifera)

 

A Honey Bee, (Apis mellifera), snapped just as it was landing on a Clover flower.

1/200 - f/8 - ISO100 - macro

Mar 1, 2021

Echeveria Pulvinata

 

Flowers of Echeveria pulvinata, called the plush plant, is a species of flowering succulent plant in the genus Echeveria, native to southwest and central Mexico. It has stems tipped with small rosettes of green spathulate leaves covered with silvery-white hairs. The plant produces yellow and orange, bell-shaped flowers.

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