A small female tube spittlebug resting on the tube created perhaps by its nymphs. The tube looked like a concrete horn with dried-up spittle along the tree branch at the opening of the tube. The female spittlebug has a green head and thorax with dark tinted wings.
Spotted on a young eucalyptus tree in a botanical garden ( Cranbourne Gardens)
Another great looking jewel beetle with eight yellow patches on a dark chocolate background plus a continuous yellow line right round the elytral margin. Pale to white underneath with long white setae. About 14mm long.
Feeding on a Leptospermum sp.? in a large nature reserve and botanic gardens.
Commonly called "Tassel Rope-rush", this plant was growing in a clump and would have been about a foot tall stretched out. The clumps formed mats of wiry branclets that were thick and striated (pic 2). At the nodes were what looked like brown leafy bracts. The attractive branched inflorescence looked like clumps of bracts that were coppery, plump and ovoid.
There were no sign of "normal" leaves. Several plants growing together gave the appearance of a tangled mat.
These plants are Dioecious and this one had male flowers.
Spotted in a sclerophyll bush - part of the Cranbourne Botanical Gardens. Soil might have been a little sandy.
The female of a "Tassel Rope-rush" plant. Wiry tough clumps of blue green stems that were mostly prostrate with some branches standing erect up to about 50 cm. no leaves were seen but the branches had nodes with brownish bracts. Terminal flower heads seemed to have what looked like layered bracts with narrow brown flowers.
Male plants nearby.
This male "Blue Ant" wasp was of a moderate size-15 mm. It had black head, eyes, thorax and abdomen and short black antennae. The abdomen had 3 visible white markings on both dorsal and ventral aspects and perhaps a pair of small white patches at the waist. The anterior thoracic margin was also white.
Wings were tinted and the leading edges appeared black and thickened. Femurs, tibiae and tarsi were brown.
Spotted on tea-tree.
A highly branched black clump of fruiting bodies arising from stem galls. They were about 5 to 12 mm long and stretching out like large magnetised iron-filings.
Spotted arising from stem galls (seen as thickened split lumps) on branches of tea-tree shrubs (Leptospermum sp.) in a reserve - Royal Botanic Gardens in Cranbourne.
This fungus ( basidiomycota) is a parasite on the female gall inducing Eriococcid insect Callococcus leptospermi.
Photo and description of this specimen can also be seen on Bruce Fuhrer's " A field guide to Australian Fungi".