These were small wrinkled 5 mm wide balls at the end of stems of a casuarina tree. At least one small branch had several of these with holes ( parasitoid ?). Most were dry but a single fresh green gall on the same branch had a knobbly surface. When dissected the gall showed several thick-walled locules.
These look similar to galls seen on C.glauca induced by the gall wasp Selitrichodes. I would greatly appreciate help with identifying the gall inducer and the Casuarina species. Thanks.
Solitary stalked outgrowths from stems of a eucalyptus tree ( species not known) about 25 mm long and about 5 mm at the thickest part. One of them had split outer layers and a definite pointy tip. This gall was parasitised.
There were two similar but smaller galls on other branches but these had rounded tips. The galls were all dry.
About 12 mm long this black beetle had broadly convex body with ridged elytra and a thin marginal flange. The pronotum showed broader flanges and thick lateral margins. Head and eyes were small. Antennae had beaded segments.
Spotted on grass in a park.
These attractive beeflies were seen mating amongst leaf litter. There is clear distinction between the female and the male with the female having well separated eyes(Pic 3) and the male with large eyes together with only a thin line of separation (Pic 2). The male beefly has a single bright white spot at the base of each wing as seen in pic 2. The female has no such spots and (which is on the left-hand side) has brighter white abdominal bands and a pair of lateral tufts of white setae.
Spotted in a nature reserve.
These small dry star-bursts of psyllid galls looked like rusted metal flowers stuck to the upper surfaces of gum leaves. These eruptions looked a lot "neater" than some of the galls induced by these little hemipterans.
Spotted on what looked like Silver-leaf Stringy Bark ( E.cinerea) in a reserve.
A 20 mm black wasp with striking thin white markings on thorax and abdomen. Head and legs showed diffuse white patches. Legs showed short spikes and appeared unusually long and were held spread out around the body like a spider.
Spotted making a burrow in soil beside a walking track.
This 12mm long wasp was working in a fresh tree hole (E ironbark) coming and going every 60 seconds. I blocked the hole for a minute to get some shots when she returned. Similar to other Paralastor but the main abdominal band has a distinct notch.
A vermiform larva about 20 mm long with pointy ends. The tail end appeared bifid. The white body had deep blue patterns.
Spotted on dry soil in a garden. Did not appear to like sun light and actively dug through the dry dirt.
A very hairy but attractive jumping spider about 100 mm long. The dorsal aspect of the abdomen had reddish brown pattern with an inverted "Y" in black. Legs were hairy and banded.
Spotted on a eucalyptus tree trunk in a park.
Body underneath has bright orange setae. This is a diurnal moth which has become a pest to grape growers. About 30mm long body.
In a local nature reserve.
Another one that has taken a liking to introduced grape vines.