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.
A large (14mm) leaf beetle attracted to lights at the edge of the local national park. Looks similar to Paropsis charybdis but there are 2 large dark patches to be explained first. To discuss with Martin Lagerwey.
A beautiful brown moth with thin zig- zag lines on the fore wings and a wing span of 40mm. the trailing wing margins appear serrated.
Spotted under bright lights near a national park ( Dandenong Ranges).
A heavily sclerotised Hide Beetle with ridged and sculptured elytra and thorax. It was a dusty brown and about 12 mm in length. The head was deflexed and it was difficult to see any details except briefly. Short segmented antennae ended in a three segmented club.
Large scale (24mm) often called 'Snowball Giant Mealybug' This one has matured to the point where the covering of 'snow' (white fluff) is gone. It was found on the trunk of a large, broad leafed acacia and very close to a huge ladybird larva (yet to be identified - previous sighting) Possibly predator and prey. Possibly M pilosior.
This 20 mm long beetle looked very different to other ground beetles because of its flattened body and a thorax that is notched both anteriorly and posteriorly. Elytra showed fine parallel ridges and had a metallic sheen which reflected purple and teal colours. Legs were long had short spines.
These ground beetles are said to feed on caterpillars. They are strongly attracted to U-V emitting lights and can congregate in large numbers but do not stay in one place for long. They stay hidden during the day but are very active at night.