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.
This fly is so similar to a 'potter wasp', which appears at the same time of year, that I think there must be some mimicry relationship. Body length about 10mm. Small head with all-encompassing eyes. High domed thorax. Very large calypters. On Leptospermum or Kunzea sp. flowers at the edge of a local national park. This critter parasitises spiders.
Yet another spectacular creature discovered during James Cook's 1770 voyage which has impressed (and confounded) biologists since.
To make their brood cells these bees utilise bore holes created by other creatures (like longicorn beetles and cossid moths) and spin a curtain doorway that has a slit in the centre. About 18mm long. Slow-flying.
Resting temporarily in some narrow-leafed ti-tree species (Leptospermum sp?) Within a local nature reserve.
This slime mold has developed miniature, upside down ropey 'trees' each about 3-4mm tall with a clump of yellow fuzz for the 'leaves'. Previously the yellow fuzzy parts were contained in a plasticky, smooth, tan coloured capsule which popped it's top off for the fuzz to puff out. Some of the old caps can be seen still lying around.
Clusters of small, warty pinkish-orange blobs measuring about 8mm. On touching one it felt very soft and broke open easily releasing an orange, thick fluid.
Two specimens were found; one o a pine log and one on a eucalyptus log with bark. Both were within 50 metres of each other in a local nature reserve.
On a dull day in a damp forest this little patch really stood out. Patch about 50mm wide. Looks like dayglo caviar. First pic shows a medium sized ant possibly checking for a meal.
In leaf and twig litter in a local nature reserve.
Tiny stalks tapering and lighter coloured towards the top with cracking yellow spherical eggs for heads. About 3mm tall and 0.4mm wide at the heads. Growing from under a wet eucalyptus log. When the heads dropped away the brown spore mass dissipated almost immediately leaving just a hair-like stalk.
A very small bell shaped moth (about 12mm long) with a very small head.
Resting on a wall in a public barbecue area in a local nature reserve.
Treehopper hiding under the stems of an acacia. About 11mm long. Translucent wings. Two horns pointing outwards and a typical longer dorsal one outlining and covering the wings.
On acacia stems in a local nature reserve. Wicks.
These are found in south-eastern Australia and particularly in Tasmania. Much smoother outline compared to the other 2 horned hopper in the area.
Body underneath has bright orange setae. This is a diurnal moth which has become a pest to grape growers. About 30mm long body.
In a local nature reserve.
Another one that has taken a liking to introduced grape vines.
Lovely rich tones of brown in this skipper adorned with spots of white and gold and some frosty patches underneath. About 30mm wingspan.
In very dry open eucalyptus woodlands nature reserve.
Also called 'Lilac Grass Skipper'. South-eastern coastal Australian mainland. Larvae feed nocturnally on Poaceae.