End of last summer I watched these butterflies fill this silver wattle with eggs. Attendant ants dispersed momentarily when breathed on. :D Ant species should be either Iridomyrmex anceps or Iridomyrmex vincinus ?
Unknown larva. About 25mm long. No prolegs or claspers. Pale green body, dorso-ventrally flattened, some small tubercules covering, a strong white-cream line at lateral margin, tapered tail with two small pale cercii. Exploring eucalyptus leaves.
A ladybug larva that resembles a white nudibranch and is a voracious scale bug eater. About 12mm long at this stage. Exploring the outer branches of an Acacia mearnsii. One of about a dozen.
In a local nature reserve. Gilmour Park.
This downy caterpillar was about 25 mm long. It had a brown and cream blotchy appearance. First pictures displaying displeasure - raised and tucked in head to display black bands and erectile horns. After about 20 min. the caterpillar had descended the branch and was resting with its body totally camouflaged against the branch (pic 4). Spotted on young eucalyptus tree - nature reserve ( Wicks)
This caterpillar was very well camouflaged in acacia leaves. I found it after noticing frass and working out where it was coming from... right in front of me!
About 40mm long, a real Aussie in vivid green with yellow/gold flecks throughout. Only one set of prolegs and claspers says geometridae. http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au/enno/senilis.html
This sawfly larva appears to have newly moulted the top half of its body, while the rest of it is still black, as are the other larvae nearby. I thought it looked so unusual, propped up like a little teddy bear above the black bodies.
This moth larva (Family: Psychidae (Case Moths)) was building its home. A couple of hours after this photo was taken, the case had a few more sticks on the outside and the end of the branch on the young eucalypt was cut off and lying on the ground.
This final instar larva of Paropsis atomaria was put into the container on 1st April. The second photo shows the resultant pupa on 21st April (note the discarded larval skin). The third photo, taken on 28th April shows the completed transition.