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)
Used to be called 'Breda jovialis' Estimated 10% of the prey size. Perfect attack site. Bite 'n hang on ! Found under pavilion eaves. Yet to search for prey ID
Reminds me of the weasel on the woodpecker.
Glossy black coloured wings with white patterns and some metallic highlights at certain angles. Abdomen is completely covered by the wings. The head is orange with black eyes and fine black antennae. Legs black to dark brown. Long 'neck'. Wings in tall narrow tent shape.
Three meters up the trunk of a large E. melliodora there were approximately 6 individuals mostly just staring into each other's eyes. !?
Lacewing hatchlings popping out of geometrically angled rows of eggs. Like tiny ant-lions. Eggs are placed in alternate left-right angles in parallel lines. Each about 2mm I know other lacewings use long stalks to keep hungry larvae away from each other so maybe these alternate angled eggs are for a similar purpose?
Under bungalow eaves in suburban back yard..
40mm long; 4 long clear wings forming a tent at rest; long orange striped abdomen (flexible); small orange head and thorax; orange legs with dark tibia; very long, fine antennae (28mm);
This one fell off a tree nto the leaf litter on a public bush walking track.
Typically starry blue eyes, raptorial forelegs, triangular head, elongated prothorax. About 10mm long.
Exploring a broad-leafed acacia in a local nature reserve. Glenfern Valley Reserve.
Other names might be... 'Mantispa tenuistriga', 'Mantispa platycephala', 'Mantispilla rubicunda'.
About 15mm long. Very dark red elytra with bright red margins and tiny spots of white all over. The rest of the bug is an almost iridescent pink red. Resting under light on a stone wall in an outer urban back yard. This is a particularly dark specimen. They are also called 'Red fungus bug'. Also accidentally introduced to the northern parts of New Zealand although there is a theory that they may have been 'blown' over there by prevailing weather patterns.
Cup-moth parasite fly.
About 9 months earlier I found a moth cocoon which was slightly unusual in size, colour and location so I decided to grow it out. Today shock, horror and delight when a prickly looking fly opened the lid, climbed out and stretched it's wings.
On a Grevillea stem growing closely entwined with a small eucalyptus tree in a local nature reserve.
Victim was Doratifera vulnerans - Mottled Cup Moth
This one is Tachinidae probably Winthemia genus.
A large, noisy fly which stay within a metre of ground level so I let one settle on my steel capped boot. About 19mm long. Couldn't bite through the boot.
In a local orchid reserve. Baluk Williams Flora Reserve.
150mm long (max) soft shiny multi-striped baggy looking worm with delicate olive, cream and brown colouring. In wet sclerophyll eucalyptus forest under wet chipboard.
This one was named as 'Lenkunya adae' by Dr Leigh Winsor on BowerBird.
70mm long by 8mm diam. very shiny, soft, flexible, deep translucent blue, pale yellow dorsal line. Able to extend/contract dramatically. Found under very large log. Requires permanently moist location.
A colorful jewel beetle about 15mm long. Deep metallic blue including ventral parts and legs but with two and a half pairs of deep orange, broken bands over the wing cases.
Feeding on Leptosperma scoparium in a local nature reserve.
This jewel beetle was a little more elusive than most possibly as it was about half the size of most of the others it could bury itself into the flowers more easily. Estimated 11mm long and the yellow loops were in two shades. On Leptospermum scoparium in a local nature reserve.
Another great looking jewel beetle with eight yellow patches on a dark chocolate background plus a continuous yellow line right round the elytral margin. Pale to white underneath with long white setae. About 14mm long.
Feeding on a Leptospermum sp.? in a large nature reserve and botanic gardens.