About 22mm wingspan. Resting on a shop window at night. Angled corners on hind wings are indicative.
Drawn to lights at night opposite a large national park. Dandenong Ranges NP.
Larvae feed on Aotus ericoides, (FABACEAE)
This handsome male cossid moth was grey with fine black lines on wings. Some parts of the wings were tinged with a pale brown.The tufted grey thorax had two bands of black. Legs had thick setae and tarsi were banded.
Spotted under bright lights near a national park.
Will somebody pull this wetsuit off please?
About 12mm body length this spider is trying to shed an old skin with only the legs yet to be extricated. Pic 2 is correct orientation so gravity may be an important factor. Also interesting is the two retaining lines; one from the original abdomen and one from the new. Did the abdomen come out first and place another line before proceeding?
On eucalyptus branches in a local nature reserve. Gilmour Park.
(need to add ' Deliochus pulcher ')
A ladybug larva that resembles a white nudibranch and is a voracious scale bug eater. About 12mm long at this stage. Exploring the outer branches of an Acacia mearnsii. One of about a dozen.
In a local nature reserve. Gilmour Park.
This slender leaf beetle was about 10 mm long. Ihad heavily pitted elytra with black, cream and purple stripes. The elytra appear to be drawn out into short spines at the apices.
The black thorax had a median ridge. Segmented antennae and the legs were black.
The beetle was resting with its body along the axis of the plant, the purplish stripes merging well with the plant.
Spotted on cutting grass (Gahnia grandis)
Strange little cases built with three offset chambers. About 12mm long overall. Several were found on a single callistemon plant always about midway on a stem. This is Tortricidae, Olethreutinae, Eucosmini, Spilonota sp.
This small wasp ( a case-moth larvae parasite wasp) was about 10 mm long and very active. The narrow abdomen had thin white bands and a moderate size ovipositor. Head, antennae and thorax were black. The hind legs had black and white markings while the other legs were a pale yellow.
Spotted actively searching low plants (in this case the bumblebee weed) in a riparian area.
This downy caterpillar was about 25 mm long. It had a brown and cream blotchy appearance. First pictures displaying displeasure - raised and tucked in head to display black bands and erectile horns. After about 20 min. the caterpillar had descended the branch and was resting with its body totally camouflaged against the branch (pic 4). Spotted on young eucalyptus tree - nature reserve ( Wicks)
Used to be called 'Breda jovialis' Estimated 10% of the prey size. Perfect attack site. Bite 'n hang on ! Found under pavilion eaves. Yet to search for prey ID
Reminds me of the weasel on the woodpecker.
Strange little cases built with a few offset chambers. About 12mm long overall. Several were found on a single callistemon plant always at the tips of a stem. There was also another species? with rounded bird dropping-like appearance part way along the stems. I am guessing this is another Spilonota species.
An oval shaped open-weave cocoon made from the hairs of a very hairy caterpillar. After the wingless female moth has pupated she emerged to lay her tiny, pearly eggs all over the matrix. The remains of the pupal sheath can be seen within the cocoon. The whole structure is about 25mm long. The last pic is 2 days later and shows her up on the cage, face down, abdomen up. The abdomen was slowly waving in the air.
Treehopper hiding under the stems of an acacia. About 11mm long. Translucent wings. Two horns pointing outwards and a typical longer dorsal one outlining and covering the wings.
On acacia stems in a local nature reserve. Wicks.
These are found in south-eastern Australia and particularly in Tasmania. Much smoother outline compared to the other 2 horned hopper in the area.