Described as the largest and most robust of its species, this very dark male jumping spider was about 13 mm long. Fangs were large and above dark eyes was a furry brow. Palps were dark and long. Front legs were long and had faint white banding like the other legs. The abdomen had a thin white line along the anterior margin and a flattened "x" pattern in white. two pairs of white specks were seen in front of and posterior to the X mark.
Spotted trying to catch a small fly in a local garden.
A very small Limacodid resting under lights on the margin of the Dandenong Ranges NP. Web shots of P transvestita and denotata seem mixed. Work to be done yet. Thanks experts.
This one looks like Pseudanapaea denotata in Paul Zborowski's 'A Guide to Australian Moths' .
A net-casting spider with its blue rectangular net which was loosely slung from the front legs. The spider was prepared to get its meal at this stage.
Pics 2 & 3 are of the spider at day time - it was magical to see the blue net which she would have made in the evening for some supper that night. Hoping I'd be able to get an action shot next time and a shot of those enormous eyes !
This dark attractive skipper had a wing span of 30 mm. The upper side of the fore wings had small rectangular patches of cream. The trailing margins also showed a narrow margin of broken cream patches. The upper side of each hind wing ( just visible) had a bright orange patch. As with most skippers, the thorax was covered with dense olive green setae. White spots were seen on a dark head.
A fast moving attractive Swift Spider with black cephalothorax and abdomen, black and white banded hind legs and orange front legs. The body had white patterns along the sides, a median white line on the cephalothorax and broken white pattern along the midline of the abdomen.
Its behaviour and erratic movements are a mimicry of the pompilid wasp - the orange legs move up and down like the orange antennae of the wasps.
A delicate-looking predacious bug from the Reduviidae family. The long legs were covered with fuzzy setae. The mid and hind legs were resting on the web silk while the front pair of legs were held up folded in front of the head. The antennae looked much like another pair of legs.
A small (5mm) weevil which has created a nidus. The relationships here are extraordinary. The female weevil steps out a measure of leaf, cuts it, folds and rolls it smearing a mystery substance as she goes, and injecting spores of a penicillin fungus she had collected in thoracic cavities. The peniciliin protects the larvae as they develop from other infections but don't provide nourishment.
Family Attelabidae; Genus Euops: need to add these
This wasp was about 20 mm long with yellow markings on thorax and head. Scutellum was yellow as were parts of the legs. The abdomen was an amber colour and slightly dorso-ventrally flattened. Wings were clear.
My thanks to Tony D for identifying the genus and for the following information "Beautiful wasp! Features of note for Labium are the large hind claws, ovipositor just barely projecting in females (as seen here), antennae more or less semi-clavate, and head longish below eyes (shown in third pic)."
End of last summer I watched these butterflies fill this silver wattle with eggs. Attendant ants dispersed momentarily when breathed on. :D Ant species should be either Iridomyrmex anceps or Iridomyrmex vincinus ?