This is the male of the 'Blue ant' or Bluebottle we all knew as kids - a large, wingless female wasp in metallic electric blue with red legs.
Although not often seen there were several found on this day.
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.
Small ( 6mm wide) flat pale discs with tapering bases seen on herbivore dung pellet ( possibly Kangaroo) The pale surfaces had minute evenly spaced holes (ostioles) - some of them showed puckering around the edges. The discs had irregular margins.
Spotted in a national park which is a free range for kangaroos, wallabies, wombats and rabbits. ( Churchill National Park)
( This is Poronia erici but there is no listing on ALA. Ref : Fuhrer 2005. Could this be added, please Thanks)
Hardly visible on a bed of moss were these thin sculptured stalks with smooth club-shaped tips. The whole fruiting body was about 30 mm tall including the 15 mm club-shaped fertile tips.
Spotted on moss beds along walking track - Churchill National Park . There were several of these in a moist patch of moss.
An erect plant about a foot high with thin dichotomous branches. The flowers were very small, about 5 mm wide with bright yellow petals. Leaves were small, lanceolate and some had indented margins.
Spotted growing amongst other vegetation like dandelion, sorrel and grass by a walking track, in a national park. It was difficult to see this plant separate to the others growing in the area but the bright yellow flowers looked like little stars suspended amongst tall grass.
Case moth larva about 15mm tall; not moving; apparently glued in place by silk and chewed pulp mix; structure built of curled leaf or bark pieces. The pic shows natural orientation. Note opening at the top. On a broad acacia leaf.
About 12mm long body. Initially I thought a type of jewel beetle but later showed Cerambycid features. Antennae show white bands towards the outer ends. Four front orange femurs two rear black.
Hiding in the dried remains of flowers (peeled away) on a shrub yet to be identified. Similar to Pittosporum? Police Paddocks.
Lovely rich tones of brown in this skipper adorned with spots of white and gold and some frosty patches underneath. About 30mm wingspan.
In very dry open eucalyptus woodlands nature reserve.
Also called 'Lilac Grass Skipper'. South-eastern coastal Australian mainland. Larvae feed nocturnally on Poaceae.