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 ?
A small ( about 10 mm long) but attractive moth with pale yellow wings and a broad dark brown marking covering part of the thorax and extending down the inner margins of the fore wings. This moth also had a short brown streak extending down from the tornus suggesting that it was male.
Antennae were thin and swept back. labial palps were brushy, yellow and bare recurved tips.
Spotted resting on a leaf of an Agapanthus plant - local garden.
A small black beetle about 5 mm long with glossy black elytra with pale patches at the base. The elytra appeared to stop short of the last few abdominal segments. The scape of antennae were a pale brown and appeared to have a short spine.
Thanks to Chris Lindorff for helping with identifying the beetle.
This leaf beetle larva (about 8mm long) is almost certain to be 'Paropsides calypso' as it was found in the same location as many adult beetles and where no other species has been seen. Outer urban back yard under several large Syzigium spp.