This small beetle was found inside a hole in a strawberry. All the other holes in our strawberries have contained tiny millipedes, this was the only beetle found. I am told that the beetle would most likely be looking for the millipedes.
This type of Cuckoo wasp has been hanging around on this fence post for a few weeks. Other types of wasp and also, Megachile resin bees have nested in the holes drilled in this post. I guess the Cuckoo wasp would be a female, waiting the opportunity to lay her eggs in their nests.
Any holes in our strawberries are usually occupied by these millipedes. They have been identified as Blaniulus guttulatus by Bob Mesibov on Bowerbird website, who states that they are likely to be this introduced species, as it is famous for invading strawberries.
This Megachile bee is pictured both leaving and entering her nest in an old fence post which has had a number of holes drilled into it. She has been identified as Megachile Hackeriapis canifrons by Bernhard Jacobi.
This unusually shaped, tiny beetle of the Bostrichidae family was found on our kitchen bench. Guess we must have inadvertently brought it inside. It has been identified by Ken Walker as Xylobosca canina.
This beetle of the Nitidulidae family has been identifed as Brachypeplus spp. by Ken Walker. But it has also been identifed as Urophorus humeralis by Stephen Thorpe. I am unsure which is correct. The beetle has a mite on its back.
This fly has been identified as Exaireta spinigera (family Stratiomyidae), by Ken Walker. But - it has also been identified as being of family: Therevidae and in sub-family Agapophytinae by Tony Daley. I am unsure which identification is correct, but from my limited resources (photos in books) it does look like Stratiomyidae.
The dull crescent shaped mark on the top of the abdomen and other white spots make me think this is the Brown House Spider, Steatoda grossa and not the Grey House Spider Achaearanea tepidariorum, as I had originally had it identified as.
This moth was very small, maybe 6mm in length. It was also sitting quietly in a crevice of the bricks of the house, during daylight hours. In the top photo, the head is pointing downwards. The other two photos have both been rotated and the moth's head is on the right. Sorry I couldn't get better photos.
This small moth was also sitting quietly in a crevice in the bricks of the house during daylight hours. In the top and bottom photos, the head of the moth is pointing downwards, in the middle photo, which has been rotated, the moth's head is on the left.