This quail has been spotted a few times lately, moving between bushes and hiding, but today I managed to get these couple of terrible photos. Both my husband and I thought it looked more like a Brown Quail than a Stubble Quail.
This is possibly even the same beetle that I hatched inside and photographed before I let it go a few days ago. If so, it has darkened considerably and is now a deep, rich colour. It was found on the same young Eucalyptus mannifera. Paropsisterna brunnea?
This is the adult beetle (from the previous two observations), one day after 'hatching', when I let it go and put it back on to the tree I had taken it from as a larva. It is thought by Martin Lagerwey to be Paropsisterna brunnea.
A green larva from my previous observation was kept and these photos are of its transition from a larvae into a beetle. It stopped eating on 3 March and shed its skin and became a pupa (as in first photo here) on the evening of 6 March. The last three photos were taken on the 15 March as it emerged as a beetle, which has been thought by Martin Lagerwey to be Paropsisterna brunnea.
There were two moths asleep on our clothesline box. I had to shift them in order to move the lever. Both moths had the same markings but were different colours. This one was a tan colour, while the other was a dull brownish grey.
There were two moths asleep on our clothesline box which I had to shift in order to move the lever. Both moths had identical markings, but were different colours. This one was a brownish grey, the other a tan colour.
This dragonfly is perched on a Hakea platysperma. It was identified as an elderly female Orthetrum caledonicum by Reiner Richter who said that older females often develop a blue pruinescence, similar to males of the species.
Feeding on flowers of Eucalyptus wimmerensis. I am unsure if this is the same species of moth as the previous posting. It looks a bit different to me, but maybe that is just because this is an older specimen. Not sure.