A tiny mottled brown and grey spider, suspended in a delicate web beneath a lily leaf, immediately becomes a pyramidal lump when disturbed. Camouflage or mimicry of some sort? Approximately 10mm.
Suburban back yard.
Previously named Uloborus congregabilis. Common on Australias east coast. Quite variable in pattern and colour. As the name suggests these spiders appear communally forming many orb type webs attached to each other.
Scrawny spider with beady little eyes and a silly looking fringe. Approximately 30mm total length.
Found inside suburban laundry room.
This one is apparently an ambush spider and prefers to live on eucalyptus trees. Must have got lost.
Do not confuse this species with 'Tibellus tenellus (Family Philodromidae). Most photos of Tibellus tenellus for Australia are probably wrongly IDed.
2-3mm long this spider displayed some strange behaviours. When running it was so fast I was sure it must be jumping or flying. When it stopped it always buried it's head into a tiny depression, raised it's abdomen and wrapped it's front legs over the other pairs and around the sides of it's abdomen. It would then hold that position for many minutes.
A bird dropping imitator but quite large so maybe an emu dropping mimic. This fat-bottomed girl was clutching onto what seemed to be a sac of eggs. Estimated abdomen size to be 16mm - the same size as the sac. As a pair they resembled some large nuts or seed pods but the species of shrub didn't produce anything similar.
A couple of jumping spiders resembling the local bullants.
One (♀?) is larger than the other. About 10mm long overall but it was hard to tell individual sizes.
On a blade of Gahnia sp. (sword grass) in a local nature reserve.
I realise now one is possibly devouring the other.
Approximately 15mm overall this weird spider didn't move like most. It was slow, turning constantly, waving two pairs of fore legs very slowly, and definitely attracted to my torch light. Strong patterns of cream, black, brown and quite tubercular in parts. Short abdomen and large flattened cephalo-thorax. I think I can see eight eyes but tiny and well dispersed.
Slowly exploring a wall in a very dark area of the local school late at night.
A tiny spider on the wall with orange-tan head and thorax and a mottled green abdomen. Eight eyes almost all the same size and in two even parallel rows. Approximately 12mm long.
Suburban house back wall.
This tiny spider resembled a speck of bird poo but being on the under side of the leaf so she got found out.
About 5mm wide. On broad leafed acacia in a local nature reserve. 'Two-spined orb weaver' (imm♀)
This little jumping spider is always found in darker places like under bark and in the shadows around buildings. About 12mm long. This one is a male.
Found under a 'deck' in an outer urban back yard.
Used to be called 'Breda jovialis' but Breda is a Brazillian genus so now it is 'Ocrisiona jovialis'.
Approximately 22mm long with a wingspan of about 50mm.
Resting on a wall in a local nature reserve adjoining a large national park.
In Melbourne, the pupa is formed in September and adults emerge at the beginning of May, so this one is a little early.
About 40mm wingspan. An attractive pattern of greys and this one has a fine wavy yellow line near the outer margin. Yet another version of this highly variable moth.
Under strong night lights at the local school.
A strange looking stub moth about 32mm long. This group do a good job of imitating a broken twig.
In a local nature reserve adjoining a large, eucalyptus dominated national park.
Six Oenosandridae species in Victoria.
This one matches Peter Marriott's undescribed 'Discophlebia sp.' (1) in 'Moths of Victoria' part 2.
This moth is has evolved to resemble a dead gum leaf in behaviour as well as appearance. About 50mm wingspan.
In a local nature reserve adjoining a national park.
This specimen has very pale markings compared to some but the underwing shots are indicative.
The larvae feed on Bracken - Pteridium esculentum
A rich coloured moth about 34mm long. Usually rests with wings tented but takes a while to get there after landing. Deep orange head/face and grey hind wings indicate species. Resting on a wall in a local nature reserve. Can be confused with Fisera perplexata
This little moth larva builds it's case in stepped expanding segments from perfectly chosen and measured sticks on the host plant. In this case the host plant is a native Cupressus sp.
In a small nature reserve in suburbia.
Some call this a 'Tower casemoth'
A medium sized moth with an interesting tones of brown and distinctive slightly hooked apices.. About 40mm wingspan. Resting under lights at night.
In a private back yard with a large mix of introduced trees. About 800 metres altitude.
A common name is 'Winter carpet'
About 50mm across with wings closed. The orange around the head and thorax is not common.
Resting on a building wall under light fittings in a local nature reserve.
Cpommonly called 'Urticating Anthelid' because the hairs from the caterpillar 'urt.
This moth is incredibly variable coming in a range of fashionable colours including grey, cream, green, yellow, tan, brown and the various markings may each be present or not.
Not really dead at all - these clean looking moths make it simple to get underneath shots by remaining completely still for up to a minute if upturned. About 40mm long, mostly white with many dark spots and a striking flash of vermilion around the thorax. Attracted to powerful night lights above a car at a national park.
One of the few species I have found whose larvae can feed on Tradescantia which has become a noxious weed around here. Go mothy !!
This super-cute cup moth with a lion's mane and netted wings was loitering under night lights at the local school. A species I didn't recognise about 15mm long.
Under strong MV lights and tall eucalyptus.
Also known as 'Pale Cup Moth'
This strange little wasp was drowning in a tank of rainwater. After scooping it out it gradually came back into action on a paper towel and turned out to be an unusual type.
About 15mm long overall. An unusual sectioned, tapered abdomen which seemed very flexible.
Suburban back yard. Very cold damp conditions.
A unusual wasp family with only one genus with only 3 species in Australia. Monomachus antipodalis is the only species found in Victoria.
About 18mm long, looked like a very twitchy wasp or ant searching crevices in timber retaining wall, almost invisible transparent wings, orange legs, very short fly-like antennae. Suburban back yard.
Family: Therevidae (Stiletto flies)
A fascinating, two-toned ichneumon wasp about 30mm long overall with a large, gasteruptid-style abdomen which was regularly pumping up and down. Nice blue eyes.
On a wall at night at the local school. Attracted by strong lights.
A very large fly - 35mm long from wing tips (at rest) to antennae, mostly furry, large black eyes, orange antennae, black thorax with two fine yellow lines, large yellow halteres, stout vacuum-cleaner mouth part, long legs with black femurs and all yellow tibia/tarsi, dark yellow heavily veined wings with black markings, abdomen not seen as it was well covered by the wings.
Resting on suburban footpath. This one needs to be compared to the giant spider wasp for Batesian mimicry.