Colony of Red-line Gumtree Hoppers at the base of a ca. 7 year old Yellow Box (approx 10cm trunk diameter). There were also a few individuals and pairs dispersed on a low branch. There were no ants in attendance so it appears the bugs are not feeding, but they must be at least preparing to mate. The male in the second photo is holding onto the female with his middle legs while vibrating his front and backs legs, usually not touching the female. Many pairs in the main group were behaving in a similar way with varying degrees of contact. In one pair the male had his hind legs stationary but was stroking the "face" of the female with his front legs.
Three images. A truffle-like species which is unusual in that the spores form in a space around an infertile core. The core is believed to be highly in nutrients which is the reward for the mammal that finds, eats and disperses the species. In other truffle-like species virtually all the inside of the fungus contains fertile spore producing material.
About 30 growing in chip mulch with weed mat layers in home garden. Probably many more 'eggs' because we only checked several square metres. The spores are in the brown goo on the inside of the lattice. No noticeable odour.