This is the male of the 'Blue ant' or Bluebottle we all knew as kids - a large, wingless female wasp in metallic electric blue with red legs.
Although not often seen there were several found on this day.
Small ( 6mm wide) flat pale discs with tapering bases seen on herbivore dung pellet ( possibly Kangaroo) The pale surfaces had minute evenly spaced holes (ostioles) - some of them showed puckering around the edges. The discs had irregular margins.
Spotted in a national park which is a free range for kangaroos, wallabies, wombats and rabbits. ( Churchill National Park)
( This is Poronia erici but there is no listing on ALA. Ref : Fuhrer 2005. Could this be added, please Thanks)
Hardly visible on a bed of moss were these thin sculptured stalks with smooth club-shaped tips. The whole fruiting body was about 30 mm tall including the 15 mm club-shaped fertile tips.
Spotted on moss beds along walking track - Churchill National Park . There were several of these in a moist patch of moss.
An erect plant about a foot high with thin dichotomous branches. The flowers were very small, about 5 mm wide with bright yellow petals. Leaves were small, lanceolate and some had indented margins.
Spotted growing amongst other vegetation like dandelion, sorrel and grass by a walking track, in a national park. It was difficult to see this plant separate to the others growing in the area but the bright yellow flowers looked like little stars suspended amongst tall grass.
Case moth larva about 15mm tall; not moving; apparently glued in place by silk and chewed pulp mix; structure built of curled leaf or bark pieces. The pic shows natural orientation. Note opening at the top. On a broad acacia leaf.
About 12mm long body. Initially I thought a type of jewel beetle but later showed Cerambycid features. Antennae show white bands towards the outer ends. Four front orange femurs two rear black.
Hiding in the dried remains of flowers (peeled away) on a shrub yet to be identified. Similar to Pittosporum? Police Paddocks.
Lovely rich tones of brown in this skipper adorned with spots of white and gold and some frosty patches underneath. About 30mm wingspan.
In very dry open eucalyptus woodlands nature reserve.
Also called 'Lilac Grass Skipper'. South-eastern coastal Australian mainland. Larvae feed nocturnally on Poaceae.
Not expecting to see moths at this time of year, especially out in the open like this one, I almost trod on it. Imitating a dead leaf it was so convinced of it's strategy it refused to flinch when I touched it. About 45mm across.
In an open area of short grasses within a dry eucalyptus woodland. Churchill National park.
A coprophilic fungi At this time of the year macrofungi are scarce. These appeared to be growing from roo scats. Approxiamtely 60mm tall. Wiry stipes matte finish on top and dry.
dark spores.. no sign of a ring... striated stipe just below the cap with a slight spiral?
In new grasses. open dry sclerophyll eucy forest in a local nature reserve. Police paddocks.