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  • Nyssus coloripes Painted Swift Spider Spotted Ground Swift Spider

    18 Nov 2015-37.9,145.3Leuba Ridgway

    A fast moving attractive Swift Spider with black cephalothorax and abdomen, black and white banded hind legs and orange front legs. The body had white patterns along the sides, a median white line on the cephalothorax and broken white pattern along the midline of the abdomen. Its behaviour and erratic movements are a mimicry of the pompilid wasp - the orange legs move up and down like the orange antennae of the wasps.


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    1. Chris Lindorff  Hi. I thought I had this species already, but with a different name... and was right. I think the 2015 revision calls it Nyssus coloripes, so thanks for finding this. Old name of Supunna picta will now be a synonym in Natureshare.

      Reply • 20 Nov 2015

    2. Leuba Ridgway  Thank you Chris. I should have checked NS for Supunna.

      Reply • 22 Nov 2015

  • Stenolemus bituberus Spider Assassin Bug

    16 Nov 2015-37.9,145.3Leuba Ridgway

    A delicate-looking predacious bug from the Reduviidae family. The long legs were covered with fuzzy setae. The mid and hind legs were resting on the web silk while the front pair of legs were held up folded in front of the head. The antennae looked much like another pair of legs.


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    1. David Francis  Fascinating creature, Leuba! Stenolemus bituberus now added to the database

      Reply • 18 Nov 2015

    2. Leuba Ridgway  Thank you David. I agree it's a fascinating creature with such cunning behaviour !

      Reply • 19 Nov 2015

  • Labium spp.

    12 Nov 2015-37.9,145.3Leuba Ridgway

    This wasp was about 20 mm long with yellow markings on thorax and head. Scutellum was yellow as were parts of the legs. The abdomen was an amber colour and slightly dorso-ventrally flattened. Wings were clear. My thanks to Tony D for identifying the genus and for the following information "Beautiful wasp! Features of note for Labium are the large hind claws, ovipositor just barely projecting in females (as seen here), antennae more or less semi-clavate, and head longish below eyes (shown in third pic)."


  • Scarabaeidae spp. Scarab Beetle

    12 Nov 2015-37.9,145.3Leuba Ridgway

    This beetle was about 22 mm long, robust with dark head and thorax and purplish brown elytra. Antennal ends were lamellate. Dense golden setae on the underside.


  • Carabidae spp. Ground Beetle Sarothrocrepis civica

    08 Nov 2015-37.9,145.3Leuba Ridgway

    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. Subfamily: Lebiinae Thanks to Chris Lindorff for helping with identifying the beetle.


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    1. Chris Lindorff  Hi Leuba. Have you considered Sarothrocrepis species? Maybe S.civica.

      Reply • 10 Nov 2015

    2. Leuba Ridgway  Thank you so much for the ID Chris. Search for the species led me to Insects of Tasmania and there it is !. thanks again.

      Reply • 11 Nov 2015

  • Thema psammoxantha

    09 Nov 2015-37.9,145.3Leuba Ridgway

    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.


  • Omorgus spp.

    29 Oct 2015-37.9,145.3Leuba Ridgway

    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.


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    1. Chris Lindorff  Great series of photos. Wonderfully structured creature.

      Reply • 01 Nov 2015

  • Nataxa flavescens

    20 Oct 2015-37.9,145.3Leuba Ridgway

    This sooty moth had a wing span of about 40 mm. The upper side of the fore wings had large white patches. The undersides of wings were plain and similar in colour to the upper surfaces. The head and thorax had tufts of bright yellow setae. The banded abdomen had dense sooty, white and yellow setae giving it a furry appearance. Antennae were slightly feathery.


  • Trioza spp.

    18 Oct 2015-37.9,145.3Leuba Ridgway

    This eucalyptus tree with slightly pendulous branches and small clusters of creamy white flowers had delicate young leaves with their tips curled into thick cups. These cups appeared to have a membranous pale or brown lid (pic 5). Some of these cups had ants clustering around them as in pic 4. On opening one of these lidded "cups', I found a 3 mm psyllid nymph with small red wide-set eyes, orange thorax and green abdomen. Wings buds were dark with a white substance stuck to them. The tree had several young leaves with these galls. Spotted on a box gum ( ? Eucalyptus microcarpa) in a bushland reserve. I am not sure of the relationship between the ants and this species of psyllid. The gall-forming behaviour seems similar to Trioza species of psyllid. My thanks to Ken Walker for confirming that this is Trioza ( species not known).


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    1. Chris Lindorff  Hi Leuba. I have added this name to the database. Thanks for the interesting information. Cheers. Chris.

      Reply • 01 Nov 2015

    2. David Francis  Trioza spp. species id suggested

      Reply • 28 Dec 2016

  • Hyalarcta huebneri Leaf Case Moth

    13 Oct 2015-37.9,145.3Leuba Ridgway

    This larva, with a mottled head and thoracic segments was encased in a silken bag (about 18 mm long) covered with small pieces of bark, leaves and sticks.


  • Therevidae spp. Stilletto Fly

    07 Oct 2015-37.9,145.3Leuba Ridgway

    A vermiform larva about 20 mm long with pointy ends. The tail end appeared bifid. The white body had deep blue patterns. Spotted on dry soil in a garden. Did not appear to like sun light and actively dug through the dry dirt.


  • Puccinia oxalidis Oxalis Rust

    28 Sep 2015-37.9,145.3Leuba Ridgway

    Seen on Oxalis corymbosa.


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    1. David Francis  Puccinia oxalidis added to db.

      Reply • 17 Feb 2016

  • Pterostylis pedunculata Maroonhood

    27 Sep 2015-37.9,145.3Leuba Ridgway

    Could not get a shot of leaves or whole plant. Spotted by a walking track -


  • Chiloglottis jeanesii Mountain Bird-orchid

    27 Sep 2015-37.9,145.3Leuba Ridgway

    The flowers in this species were smaller and not as robust as in C. valida which has purplish flowers. The flowers had just a slight tinge of purple and the leaves, that were paired were all green and small. Flower buds (pic 3) were a pale green.


  • Amaurodon viridis

    25 Jun 2013-37.9,145.4Leuba Ridgway

    Small velvety patches and veins of crust fungus in beautiful shades of blue in a tree hollow. The surface was covered with beads of moisture. Spotted on a large eucalypt.


  • Pterostylis grandiflora Cobra Greenhood

    03 Aug 2015-37.9,145.3Leuba Ridgway

    A small plant about 10 cm high with lance-shaped leaves. The flowers were attractive with the central sepal (green) and lateral petals (brown) fused to form a hood, rising up and over the labellum. The lateral sepals were fused at the base and rose up on either side to erect points. The inside of the hood showed broad white stripes (pic 5). The same colouring could be seen on the outer side of the flower (pic 3).


  • Poronia erici Small Dung Button

    26 Jul 2015-38.0,145.3Leuba Ridgway

    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)


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    1. Chris Lindorff  Hi Leuba. I am also familiar with this fungi and have known it to be Poronia erici. However, I am having trouble now finding its reference in any of the censuses, etc. It has possibly had a name change, but this is normally easy enough to track also. The concern with simply adding Poronia erici in Natureshare is not knowing how the ALA will treat this record when it is uploaded into its database. If it is ignored due to no matching name with ALA, you record is less useful than if we can get a name that matches. I'll keep hunting for the name and ask Tom May for an update. Thanks. Chris.

      Reply • 27 Jul 2015

    2. Tom May  Poronia erici is certainly the correct identification and the current name (even though it is not in the ALA at present). There are some issues with the fungi names in the ALA and there are still many good names for fungi that are not loaded into the names list for the ALA (the National Species List). I am working with the ALA to improve the coverage of fungi names.

      Reply • 24 Aug 2015

      • Chris Lindorff  Many thanks for your reply Tom. I'll add this name to Natureshare.

        Reply • 25 Aug 2015

      • Leuba Ridgway  Many thanks Tom May for your input. Thanks to you also Chris.

        Reply • 25 Oct 2015

  • Geoglossum spp.

    26 Jul 2015-38.0,145.3Leuba Ridgway

    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.


  • Amauroderma rude

    21 Jul 2015-37.6,145.9Leuba Ridgway

    The fruiting bodies of this very tough woody fungus looked like large rusty nails arising from the ground. The flattened caps ( upto 50 mm across) had concentric rings and were slightly puckered. The underside showed dark reddish brown pores - no white "bloom" as the cap were old. The stems were firm and slightly velvety in dry specimens. Some of the caps had incorporated grass blades ( pic 3). Spotted on a damp forest floor - mixed natives but mostly young mountain ash ( Eucalyptus regnens)


  • Galerina patagonica

    18 Jul 2015-38.0,145.4Leuba Ridgway

    Attractive clump of toffee coloured caps with slight convexity, a small discrete umbo and rolled in margins. Gills were a pale brown. these must have been covered by a thin cortina which could be seen tearing-off some of the younger caps (pic 3). The remnants of a brown spore-stained cortina could be seen as a wispy annulus around the stipe. The stipe below the annulus was a dark brown with white fibrils. Spotted groiwng as a clump on dead wood in a forest with mixed native trees.


  • Astraeus hygrometricus Barometer Earthstar

    16 Jul 2015-37.9,145.3Leuba Ridgway

    These were large earthstars, about 45 mm across. They were fully open with split pale rays of areolated outer skins (exoperidia). In the centre was a smooth rounded spore sac with a central pore through which the spores are released. These earthstars were sessile . Spotted on moist ground under pine trees.


  • Hydnum repandum Wood Hedgehog

    11 Jul 2015-37.9,145.3Leuba Ridgway

    With contorted pale orange caps about 25 mm, these fruiting bodies were growing close to the ground. The cap margins were mealy and white.The fertile under-surface had densely packed spines or teeth instead of pores and these were slightly decurrent (pic 2). The whote stipe were otherwise smooth. Spotted on sodden forest floor in a reserve.


  • Cladonia spp. Candelabra Lichen

    11 May 2015-38.0,145.4Leuba Ridgway

    A pale green-grey lichen with lobed leaf-like thalli and upright outgrowths (podetia). Some of the podetia had wide grey cups.


  • Laetiporus portentosus White Punk

    08 Jul 2015-37.8,145.5Leuba Ridgway

    A clump of contorted brackets forming a 360 mm wide mass that emerged from the trunk of a large living gum tree. The upper surface of the fruiting body was velvety and tan colour. The pale underside had minute pores (pic 3) which had a creamy covering. Some brackets showed a peeling layer (pic 4) which exposed the pore surface.


  • Russula kalimna

    11 May 2015-38.0,145.4Leuba Ridgway

    Caps were a bluish yellow with fine cracks with young ones rising out of the ground like pale purplish puff balls. Mature caps were about 55 mm wide with a central depression. Gills and stipe were cream coloured. The stocky fruiting body was quite close to the ground. The spore print was a pale cream (photo not good enough to post). Spotted in damp soil a eucalyptus forest.


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    1. David Francis  Hi Leuba. Russula kalimna added. David

      Reply • 05 Jun 2015

  • Eolophus roseicapillus Galah

    02 Apr 2015Leuba Ridgway

    This large gum tree had a beautiful trunk and several hollows. A galah flew to one of the hollows ( pics 1 &2), entered it and came out again after a few minutes and had a good look around. It then flew to perch on a nearby branch (pic 4). Soon after a second bird came out for a few minutes and the two sat outside for awhile (pic 6) before flying away together. Spotted in a reserve near a creek.


  • Scioglyptis lyciaria

    08 Apr 2015-37.9,145.3Leuba Ridgway

    An attractive grey-brown geometrid moth with fine brown and black lines and a wing span of about 50 mm. The wings had narrow black bands contrasting with flashes of white. The undersides of the wings were pale with a black mark on each wing. The dark submarginal areas on each wing was broken by a pale patch. Spotted in a suburban garden.


  • Heteronympha banksii banksii Banks' Brown

    08 Apr 2015-37.9,145.3Leuba Ridgway

    This attractive dark brown butterfly had a wing span of about 50 mm. Both fore and hind wings had bright yellow patterns much like the common brown, except only the hind wing had a distinct eye spot (on the upper side). This butterfly showed a long style-like yellow marking on the fore wing ( pic 1), which is a sex-brand and seen only in males. The underside of the fore wings showed a dark patch on a background of pale gold with a small eye spot at the apex. The hind wing had beautiful patches of purple with two small eye spots, one near the costal margin and the other near the trailing margin. Spotted on a grass verge in a nature reserve. It was flitting about landing one one clump of grass for a few seconds before going to another.


  • Tanyscelis maculata

    27 Feb 2015-37.9,145.3Leuba Ridgway

    These are scale insect galls seen on the adaxial side of the leaf . The broad-based conical outgrowths are female galls. There were two of these, one at the base of the leaf base and another along the main vein. the gall was purplish and had a ring near the base. One of the galls showed two openings and the other a single smooth circular orifice. Also on the leaf surface were many upright tubular structures with apical openings with crenulated margins. These were male galls and they were tinged red. Spotted on a eucalyptus tree - ? species. Nature reserve. My thanks to Dr L.Cook for confirming genus and identifying the species.


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    1. Chris Lindorff  Hi Leuba. I've added this species name to the database and included Opisthoscelis maculata as a synonym. The ALA is yet to pick up on this new genus (published in 2010). Thanks. Chris.

      Reply • 02 Apr 2015

    2. Suzanne Jones  So unusual. Very interesting!

      Reply • 03 Apr 2015

  • Hyposoter spp.

    28 Mar 2015-37.9,145.3Leuba Ridgway

    Looking like a 5 mm piece of bird-dropping, this little black and white capsule is a cocoon of an ichneumon wasp. It was attached to the leaves on this young tree and wrapped around it was the skin of its larval host - a lepidopteran. Mimicking bird-dropping and wrapping the skin of the larval host over and around is, apparently, one of the many strategies employed by ichneumonids to escape attacks from hyperparasitoids. Spotted on a young black wattle (Acacia mearnsii) in a nature reserve.


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    1. Chris Lindorff  Hi Leuba. I have added Hyposoter spp. There are very few records of Hyposoter species on the ALA, so great find.

      Reply • 02 Apr 2015