Female galls on Yellow Box. Counted at least 40 on a 2m high sapling. Almost all straight sided, just a few more bulbous. The longest was 20mm. Bulbous gall in the photo is 16mm long and about 6mm diameter.
There were large numbers of these very small beetles on the Myoporum insulare on Providence Road adjacent to Woodlands Historic Park. (These were planted by the council and do not occur in the Park.) I believe the enlarged hind femur identifies it as a flea beetle, tribe Alticini, which narrows it down to one of 232 species according to AFD
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.
Seems to be feeding on a Yellow Box leaf. After wading through 500+ Pentatomidae photos on Bowerbird the only match I could find was http://www.bowerbird.org.au/observations/88269. According to the post Acanthosomatidae differs from Pentatomidae in having 2 instead of 3 tarsal segments but I don't think you can see that in my crappy photo.
Larval food plants are in the citrus family and do not exist in the park. I have previously seen the species mating at the Gellibrand Hill summit, and I assume this one next to Providence Road was there for the same purpose. I may have seen one in exactly the same spot last year. Presumably it is the closest place to someones Lemon tree that matches the criteria for a mating site.
In the vegie patch at the Woodlands Historic Park office. Larval food plants in the Urticaceae family - the only extant plant in the park is the weed Small Nettle. Not sure what was of interest in the vegie patch, don't think they are growing any nettles.
large wasp, about 20mm long. Looks similar to photos of Gotra sp. on bowerbird except mine seems to have orange on the abdomen while all the others are black and white only. Also mine has a rather short ovipositor.
Sorry about the poor quality heavily cropped photos! During a quick visit to WHP yesterday afternoon I saw this butterfly flying around. After watching and following it for a while, it landed about six metres up a tree and I was finally able to get some distant photos. I have had a go at ID and I'm fairly sure it's a female Ogyris abrota (dark purple azure). There were quite a few patches of mistletoe in the area, which is the host plant for the caterpillars of this species. A rare butterfly and a lucky find!
I saw this small insect flying around a black wattle. It was fast and difficult to photograph, and at first I thought it was a lycid beetle. I managed to get a few photos before it flew away. When I zoomed into the photo I noticed the moth-like legs and googled lycid mimic moth to discover that it is indeed a moth. I think possibly Snellenia lineata, but I'm not exactly sure of the species to I have left it as Snellenia sp. for now. A fascinating mimic, complete with lycid like antennae. Lycid beetles are poisonous so it seems advantageous to mimic them. Two photos uploaded.