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.
Because I thought this larvae looked 'different' I kept one and will put other observations on Natureshare of the resultant beetle, which has been thought by Martin Lagerwey to be Paropsisterna brunnea.
These eggs were identified by Ken Walker as being those of Tettigoniidae spp. I did bring them inside a day or so after these photos were taken, but the only thing that hatched out of them then were two tiny wasps. I think that some had already hatched when I brought the leaf inside.
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.