A large (14mm) leaf beetle attracted to lights at the edge of the local national park. Looks similar to Paropsis charybdis but there are 2 large dark patches to be explained first. To discuss with Martin Lagerwey.
Large scale (24mm) often called 'Snowball Giant Mealybug' This one has matured to the point where the covering of 'snow' (white fluff) is gone. It was found on the trunk of a large, broad leafed acacia and very close to a huge ladybird larva (yet to be identified - previous sighting) Possibly predator and prey. Possibly M pilosior.
Wingspan about 30mm. Initially on a brightly lit power pole but fell like a leaf after the first flash. This specimen is much more richly coloured than others found previously. Almost red on the dorsal view.
A large paropsid leaf beetle (15mm length) which looked fully black to the eye but the flash has revealed a set of full length, deep red lines.
No dents were noticed on or around the pronotum.
I have always found these at night so suspect they hide in daytime maybe under bark.
Unknown larva. About 25mm long. No prolegs or claspers. Pale green body, dorso-ventrally flattened, some small tubercules covering, a strong white-cream line at lateral margin, tapered tail with two small pale cercii. Exploring eucalyptus leaves.
Very often we find eucalyptus leaves that have been delaminated and puffed into a 'pillow' with a large internal void. This tiny wasp might be part of the story. It was at a rough opening on this puffed leaf and seems to be extricating itself from a skin just inside the hole. About 6mm long with distinctive black pterostigma and a longish flexed abdomen.. It turns out that this is a type of sawfly. Black over the thorax should be Phylacteophaga froggatti (male)