An oval shaped open-weave cocoon made from the hairs of a very hairy caterpillar. After the wingless female moth has pupated she emerged to lay her tiny, pearly eggs all over the matrix. The remains of the pupal sheath can be seen within the cocoon. The whole structure is about 25mm long. The last pic is 2 days later and shows her up on the cage, face down, abdomen up. The abdomen was slowly waving in the air.
Treehopper hiding under the stems of an acacia. About 11mm long. Translucent wings. Two horns pointing outwards and a typical longer dorsal one outlining and covering the wings.
On acacia stems in a local nature reserve. Wicks.
These are found in south-eastern Australia and particularly in Tasmania. Much smoother outline compared to the other 2 horned hopper in the area.
A large and intimidating wasp with dramatic colours which targets large spiders as prey. This one was rummaging around in Ghania (swordgrass) and refused to give me a good view of it's abdomen. I believe the abdomen can vary somewhat with the amount of black or orange banding.
This little jumping spider is always found in darker places like under bark and in the shadows around buildings. About 12mm long. This one is a male.
Found under a 'deck' in an outer urban back yard.
Used to be called 'Breda jovialis' but Breda is a Brazillian genus so now it is 'Ocrisiona jovialis'.
A large fly with about 30mm wingspan. Solitary and apparently searching for something around the base of a large eucalyptus. A species I haven't seen before. Glenfern valley nature reserve. This one is a male. The females are quite colourful with a lot of yellow/gold and white patterns underneath. The larvae of these flies are specialist parasitics on Hemipterans (true bugs)
Cup-moth parasite fly.
About 9 months earlier I found a moth cocoon which was slightly unusual in size, colour and location so I decided to grow it out. Today shock, horror and delight when a prickly looking fly opened the lid, climbed out and stretched it's wings.
On a Grevillea stem growing closely entwined with a small eucalyptus tree in a local nature reserve.
Victim was Doratifera vulnerans - Mottled Cup Moth
This one is Tachinidae probably Winthemia genus.
Hooded angels growing in loose groups on a small tree/shrub about 3 metres tall. The plant had a few narrow, straight stems; leaves opposite, lightly serrated, thin; bark was smooth grey.
In a dry eucalyptus based woodland with very diverse undergrowth. Local nature reserve. Native to eastern Australia including Tasmania.
About 15mm long. Very dark red elytra with bright red margins and tiny spots of white all over. The rest of the bug is an almost iridescent pink red. Resting under light on a stone wall in an outer urban back yard. This is a particularly dark specimen. They are also called 'Red fungus bug'. Also accidentally introduced to the northern parts of New Zealand although there is a theory that they may have been 'blown' over there by prevailing weather patterns.
Typically starry blue eyes, raptorial forelegs, triangular head, elongated prothorax. About 10mm long.
Exploring a broad-leafed acacia in a local nature reserve. Glenfern Valley Reserve.
Other names might be... 'Mantispa tenuistriga', 'Mantispa platycephala', 'Mantispilla rubicunda'.
This fly is so similar to a 'potter wasp', which appears at the same time of year, that I think there must be some mimicry relationship. Body length about 10mm. Small head with all-encompassing eyes. High domed thorax. Very large calypters. On Leptospermum or Kunzea sp. flowers at the edge of a local national park. This critter parasitises spiders.