2-3mm long this spider displayed some strange behaviours. When running it was so fast I was sure it must be jumping or flying. When it stopped it always buried it's head into a tiny depression, raised it's abdomen and wrapped it's front legs over the other pairs and around the sides of it's abdomen. It would then hold that position for many minutes.
Unknown larva. About 25mm long. No prolegs or claspers. Pale green body, dorso-ventrally flattened, some small tubercules covering, a strong white-cream line at lateral margin, tapered tail with two small pale cercii. Exploring eucalyptus leaves.
Lacewing hatchlings popping out of geometrically angled rows of eggs. Like tiny ant-lions. Eggs are placed in alternate left-right angles in parallel lines. Each about 2mm I know other lacewings use long stalks to keep hungry larvae away from each other so maybe these alternate angled eggs are for a similar purpose?
Under bungalow eaves in suburban back yard..
A beautiful speckled grey and silver moth about 35mm long. Thorax had a distinct inverted "V" in black. Legs were heavily "furry" and antennae, feathery nearer the base. Hind wings were a pearly brown. Abdomen was quite thick.
Again, spotted under bright lights near a national park with mixed natives.
A tiny spider on the wall with orange-tan head and thorax and a mottled green abdomen. Eight eyes almost all the same size and in two even parallel rows. Approximately 12mm long.
Suburban house back wall.
A very large, heavy bodied fly about 24mm long with a few coarse hairs towards rear; mostly grey with some hints of maroon. Resting on the bark of eucalyptus in nature reserve. (Rutilia (Donovanius) regalis not in taxo)
A very large fly - 35mm long from wing tips (at rest) to antennae, mostly furry, large black eyes, orange antennae, black thorax with two fine yellow lines, large yellow halteres, stout vacuum-cleaner mouth part, long legs with black femurs and all yellow tibia/tarsi, dark yellow heavily veined wings with black markings, abdomen not seen as it was well covered by the wings.
Resting on suburban footpath. This one needs to be compared to the giant spider wasp for Batesian mimicry.
About 18mm long, looked like a very twitchy wasp or ant searching crevices in timber retaining wall, almost invisible transparent wings, orange legs, very short fly-like antennae. Suburban back yard.
Family: Therevidae (Stiletto flies)
Scrawny spider with beady little eyes and a silly looking fringe. Approximately 30mm total length.
Found inside suburban laundry room.
This one is apparently an ambush spider and prefers to live on eucalyptus trees. Must have got lost.
Do not confuse this species with 'Tibellus tenellus (Family Philodromidae). Most photos of Tibellus tenellus for Australia are probably wrongly IDed.
A tiny mottled brown and grey spider, suspended in a delicate web beneath a lily leaf, immediately becomes a pyramidal lump when disturbed. Camouflage or mimicry of some sort? Approximately 10mm.
Suburban back yard.
Previously named Uloborus congregabilis. Common on Australias east coast. Quite variable in pattern and colour. As the name suggests these spiders appear communally forming many orb type webs attached to each other.
Glossy black coloured wings with white patterns and some metallic highlights at certain angles. Abdomen is completely covered by the wings. The head is orange with black eyes and fine black antennae. Legs black to dark brown. Long 'neck'. Wings in tall narrow tent shape.
Three meters up the trunk of a large E. melliodora there were approximately 6 individuals mostly just staring into each other's eyes. !?
70mm long by 8mm diam. very shiny, soft, flexible, deep translucent blue, pale yellow dorsal line. Able to extend/contract dramatically. Found under very large log. Requires permanently moist location.
40mm long; 4 long clear wings forming a tent at rest; long orange striped abdomen (flexible); small orange head and thorax; orange legs with dark tibia; very long, fine antennae (28mm);
This one fell off a tree nto the leaf litter on a public bush walking track.
150mm long (max) soft shiny multi-striped baggy looking worm with delicate olive, cream and brown colouring. In wet sclerophyll eucalyptus forest under wet chipboard.
This one was named as 'Lenkunya adae' by Dr Leigh Winsor on BowerBird.