A large fly with about 30mm wingspan. Solitary and apparently searching for something around the base of a large eucalyptus. A species I haven't seen before. Glenfern valley nature reserve. This one is a male. The females are quite colourful with a lot of yellow/gold and white patterns underneath. The larvae of these flies are specialist parasitics on Hemipterans (true bugs)
About 22mm wingspan. Resting on a shop window at night. Angled corners on hind wings are indicative.
Drawn to lights at night opposite a large national park. Dandenong Ranges NP.
Larvae feed on Aotus ericoides, (FABACEAE)
A handsome little graphite black moth with a gold tadpole on the wing, a line of fine dots on the costa, and a fur collar both of gold and white. About 15mm long. Attracted to night lights at the local school.
This specimen shows a red colour in hind wings and thorax, an exposed abdominal tuft. Estimated 24mm long overall. In a local nature reserve adjoining a national park.
Many Elhamma australasiae ♂ I have seen this year have shown some natural variation but this red has never been seen before. The males of Elhamma also show a white flash on the side
Not expecting to see moths at this time of year, especially out in the open like this one, I almost trod on it. Imitating a dead leaf it was so convinced of it's strategy it refused to flinch when I touched it. About 45mm across.
In an open area of short grasses within a dry eucalyptus woodland. Churchill National park.
A small notodontid moth with big fur. About 30mm long.
Attracted to lights at night at the local primary school.
"There is a range of wing colours of adult Trichiocercus sparshalli. Most are white, but specimens can be obtained from a light grey to a dark grey. Peter Marriott has reported seeing specimens from many places in Victoria from October to May, but there seems to be no time relationship between colour variations. Those from Mt. Martha on the Mornington Peninsula appear to be always white, but those from Ballarat and Kallista have the full range of colours. They all have a balding brown head having black hair. They have a wingspan of about 4 cms." - LepidopteraButterflyHouse
A small moth of about 20mm wingspan. Attractive tan and green wavy patterns.
Resting under night lighting at the local school at night.
A 'Green and Brown Carpet' was seen here about the same time previous year.
About 35mm wingspan. Several of these frolicking in the grasses of a local orchid reserve. Some were darker and bluer than others. Two specimens here - one was chasing the other.
Understory in dry eucalyptus woodlands. Baluk William Flora Reserve
This name is mis-spelled on ALA as C hyacinthinus instead of C hyacinthina ??
Silky Hairstreak caterpillars with attendant ants.
On a broad leafed wattle these small, black caterpillars were apparently be lovingly looked after by groups of grey and black ants. The caterpillars were about 15mm long. I could not see what the ants were getting from the caterpillar but they seemed to be regularly checking the rear end.
In a local nature reserve adjoining a large national park both dominated by various eucalyptus species.
"Occurring mainly in the Dandenong Ranges where it breeds on wattles (Acacia sp.). An early spring species whose larvae feed on Blackwood (A. melanoxylon) and Silver Wattle (A. dealbata). The larvae are attended by the strong smelling ant, Anonychomyrma biconvexa. Pupation usually occurs under the bark of nearby eucalypts. " - Museum Victoria
Conservation status HIGHLY VULNERABLE
Will somebody pull this wetsuit off please?
About 12mm body length this spider is trying to shed an old skin with only the legs yet to be extricated. Pic 2 is correct orientation so gravity may be an important factor. Also interesting is the two retaining lines; one from the original abdomen and one from the new. Did the abdomen come out first and place another line before proceeding?
On eucalyptus branches in a local nature reserve. Gilmour Park.
(need to add ' Deliochus pulcher ')
A ladybug larva that resembles a white nudibranch and is a voracious scale bug eater. About 12mm long at this stage. Exploring the outer branches of an Acacia mearnsii. One of about a dozen.
In a local nature reserve. Gilmour Park.
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.