A fuzzy photo taken by a colleague today with a point-and-shoot camera of a flowering male Pimelea spinescens plant at Mount Cottrell, with what appears to be a pollinator in action. In another image the insect has its head inside the flower. Pollinators for Critically Endangered Spiny Rice-flower are not yet known, so we'd love to know what this creature is, at least to family if possible.
This summer has seen a massive cohort or two of Xanthogaleruca luteola, and most elms in the town have been seriously defoliated (except for some of the variegated cultivars). Some nights there are thousands of dead beetles piled up outside lit shop windows, and I've had a steady stream of them inside my house.
There are lots of these in the house I've just moved into in the centre of Kyneton. I haven't seen any frass around the place to suggest that their larvae are eating the house, but they just keep appearing! About 5mm in length. Excuse the poor mobile phone image.
Female (hind) Reed Deer captured on trail cam. In private land next to Wombat State Forest at Spring Hill 3444. Have seen up to 6 hinds at a time. None tagged or marked, living feral but possibly farm escapes originally.
Common in this forest over the last 4-6 weeks. With my limited fungi field skills I don't know what the species is. Looks close to Amanita ochrophylloides. Fruiting body c. 120mm diameter in this case, but many are larger.
Despite the enormous flush of annual grasses this year after all the rain, this poor single Dipodium lives to fight another year - this time sending up 1.5 flower spikes. I haven't found any other specimens in this forest/woodland patch yet. It's survival prospects here are tenuous at best.