About 12mm long body. Initially I thought a type of jewel beetle but later showed Cerambycid features. Antennae show white bands towards the outer ends. Four front orange femurs two rear black.
Hiding in the dried remains of flowers (peeled away) on a shrub yet to be identified. Similar to Pittosporum? Police Paddocks.
Pics taken 2 weeks apart. The underside changed from a pale, poreless creamy colour to a very rich yellow colour, and the tops went from yellow to quite dark brown. On the shaded underside of an old, damp eucalyptus log.
Wicks nature reserve.
Sometimes called 'Hairy Curtain Crust'
Brackets of up to 30mm wide. Very distinctive yellow gills with much crossing, meandering and very much darker towards the centre. Thin and leathery caps with a very dull ochre top. Caps seem to curl into wavy shapes as they get older.
These numbered about a dozen in a line on the side of a huge Pinus radiata log with Wicks nature reserve. These logs were placed in the area for landscaping purposes.
ID as in Fuhrer (2005) #281
Rarely found yet in Australia? and seemingly uncommon elsewhere. The best reference images I can find are with Renée Lebeuf from Quebec.
(need to add ' Pseudomerulius curtisii ')
A coprophilic fungi At this time of the year macrofungi are scarce. These appeared to be growing from roo scats. Approxiamtely 60mm tall. Wiry stipes matte finish on top and dry.
dark spores.. no sign of a ring... striated stipe just below the cap with a slight spiral?
In new grasses. open dry sclerophyll eucy forest in a local nature reserve. Police paddocks.
About 15mm wide. Solitary cap next to a very damp log. Glutinous. Attractive colouring black at the centre graduating to a pale caramel at the margin.
In a very damp dark part of a local nature reserve.
Patches of lemon yellow tissue about 1-2mm thick, on bare, dead, barkless nothofagus trunk. Tiny dark spots (ostioles) from which ascospores are released.
In a tall rain forest national park.
This was previously called H sulphurea, the northern hemisphere version but recent work has proven it to be a different species. A wood-rotting ascomycete, which might also colonize some other fungi.
From above they look like little brains attached to a thin stick. From below they reveal a crazy maze of crossed and meandering gills. The largest of the group was about 40mm wide and there were about a dozen caps in total.
Very tall damp eucalyptus rain forest in Dandenong Ranges NP.
(need to add ' Campanella junghahnii ')
In moss and growing to about 30mm tall and 18mm wide. Radial texture with a relatively deep central depression on the cap. Very sparse and simple gills same colour as cap. Mycelia showing at the foot.
Next to a walking track in a nature reserve. Cardinia.
"It is thought by some mycologists that it is likely Omphalina chromacea may be the fungal component of a lichen (a symbiosis between an alga and a fungus). The alga is most likely Coccomyxa." Australian Fungi Blogspot
About 24mm long. Resting on a shopfront awning. Only one shot unfortunately. Next to a large national park. Dandenong Ranges NP.
The yellow fuzz is indicative for species. The larvae really are omnivorous eating Wattles Acacia, Gum Trees, Pultenaea, Dodonaea, Choretrum, Myoporum and Tamarix.
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.