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.
A large grey female Cossid with a wing span of about 175 mm. It made a crash landing and thrashed & skidded about on its back rubbing-off most of its scales on the thorax and wings. It finally calmed down when offered a large piece of eucalyptus bark. There were no significant patterns on wings or thorax on the grey upper side. The undersides of the wings were a deep pinkish-brown with a pale edging to the inner margin of the fore wings. The abdomen was thick and densely covered with brown tinged setae dorsally and was white on the ventral side.
Attracted to bright lights on building near a National Park.
A slender green katydid with a white stripe running along the midline and lateral aspect of the thorax. Each fore wing shows strong white stripes with a red lower margin, one running along the middle and the other, along the outer edge of the wing. Long antennae were a pale yellow.
Spotted under bright lights - warm night.
An attractive pale brown moth with a wing span of about 20 mm. The fore wings had diffuse dark brown patches with two thin white lines in the mid-wing region and a line in the submarginal area curving towards the trailing margin and ending in a small white spot. The costa near the trailing margin also showed small white specks. Apices were pale.
The thorax showed a flash of white and this aligned with a single patch of white along the inner margin of each forewing, evident when the wings parted (pic 2).
Hind wings were a pale orange and appeared to have fringed margins. The dorsal aspect of the abdomen and legs were also tinged with a pale yellow.
Very active moth. Spotted on a warm night under bright garden lights. Would greatly appreciate help with identification. Thanks.
This small moth was about 6 mm long with pale grey blotchy wings. there were dark grey patches at the apices and mid costal region of the fore wings. The thorax sported a black tuft of short setae and posterior to this was a smaller tuft along the midline.
Antennae were short and feathery.
Attracted to bright lights - very warm night.
A smooth white moth with a wing span of 40 mm, with, as the name suggests two small spots of black on the wings. Surprisingly, the underside showed orange and black banding on the dorsal side of the abdomen and a white belly. The legs were covered with short orange coloured setae. Eyes and antennae were black. labial palps were rec-curved.
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.
Caps of this bright orange mushroom were no more than 10 mm with a deep central depression. Younger fruiting bodies were almost hemispherical, flattening out as the mature. Caps showed some striation and margins were wavy.
Stipe was smooth and slightly paler than the cap. Could not get a shot of the gills. Possibly Rickenella fibula.
This moth had a wing span of 20 mm. Typical to this species, it stood on it's front legs holding it's up-curved abdomen in the air with the apices of the fore wings resting on either side.
The wings were a mix of grey and brown with thin wavy lines. The costa had white markings down the whole length.
Spotted under bright garden light. Unsure of the ID as there are a few with varying wing patterns and colour.
This oecophorine moth had a white head and thorax. Wings were white with broad, dark costal margins which were broken by two oblique bands of white on either side. The body of the fore wings showed dark smudges and spots. Labial palps were re-curved.
Wing span about 20 mms.
Attracted to bright garden lights on a warm day. Area has tall gum trees.
(Please add Palimmeces hemiphanes. Thanks.)
An attractive moth with patches of rust brown and grey on the fore wings and narrow white wavy transverse bands that dipped down at the apices. Hind wings showed thin wavy brown lines and a broader white band near the trailing margin. The under side of the silky wings were pale. Wing span about 20 mm.
Spotted under bright garden lights.
A small attractive moth that looked almost square because of a hunched back. Satiny wings were a creamy colour deepening to a reddish-brown towards the trailing margins. Two lines of small black dots slanted downwards from the mid-costal area.
Wing span - 20 mm.
Drawn to bright garden lights. Mixed natives in the area.
A small, very active dark beetle commonly called Water Penny from family Psephenidae had a slightly dorso-ventrally flattened body. The elytra showed two narrow bands of pale specks. The pronotum which was the same colour as the elytra had a pair of short pale streaks on either side of midline arising from the posterior margin. The lateral margins had pale flecks. The elytra stopped short of the terminal abdominal segments. Head was small with relatively large closely placed eyes. Antennae were segmented.
Legs were thin with feeble tarsi.
Flew in towards the garden lights on a warm night and then disappeared under some wood.
( Please add Sclerocyphon sp.)
A moth with a wing span of about 30 mm. It was more grey than brown with the fore wings showing a central transverse band. Each fore wing had two oblique black lines, one running from wing base downwards to the inner margin and a shorter one from the apex of each fore wing running upwards.
Spotted under bright lights on a warm night in a suburban garden. Mixed native trees around. Also near a national park.
I am hoping the moth will return tonight so I can get a better shot/natural light. Thanks to Cathy Powers for confirming this as Dysbatus.