A small silky black moth about 6 mm long with tufts of scales on the fore wings. On each fore wing was a small gold crescent, about one-third of the distance from the trailing margin. Labial palps were recurved and covered with setae. Some banding in the legs visible.
Spotted under bright lights after a warm day near a national park (Dandenong Ranges)
My thanks to Cathy Powers who has identified this beauty as Bondia nigella. Family: Carposinidae
( Please add Bondia nigella. Thank you.)
A long-legged dark brown spider with large fangs spotted crawling around the back yard. Fine short hairs on the legs and abdomen gave it a silky look. The small abdomen and large palps suggest that it's a male.
A handsome ghost moth with dark tented wings . The wings had a span of about 40 mm and showed pale curvy patterns. Antennae were feathery and the thorax had dense brown setae.
Spotted near a national park - mixed native trees.
Three clouded footman males were seen fluttering around for awhile before settling on a door frame. On closer inspection I could see one of them was successful in finding and mating with a wingless female seen here as a furry white ovoid shape with thin black bands and pale orange spots along the sides. The males were of two sizes and had distinctly pectinated antennae. The mating male can be seen head pointing downwards. Beside the female was a hairy cocoon and an empty pupal case probably recently vacated by the female. Within the hairy cage was also small wrinkled piece of skin shed by the caterpillar before pupating. Pic 3 was taken 6 days later when two of the moths had flown away and the other was clear-off the female. The female had started laying eggs seen here as minute glistening orbs. The female had the same colours as seen on the caterpillar. Will wait to see what happens next.....
This Chrysalis was seen about 12 days after the small early instar of this butterfly was seen. It was hard to differentiate between the pupa and plant stem as it looked very much in colour & form like a stem gall induced by a citrus gall wasp. One end of the 3 cm pupa was bifurcated.
This dusty blue beetle was about 13 mm long. The dorso-ventrally flattened body had a flange around both the thorax and elytra.
Spotted under bright lights in a suburban garden on a very warm night.
This could be P.peltatus but needs confirmation.
This moth had a wing span of about 20 mm. Wings were greyish green with thin black wriggly lines and dark brown patches. each fore wing showed a small patch of white.
Spotted under bright lights near a suburban garden.
My thanks to Cathy Powers for the ID.