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Blue Skimmers, Orthetrum caledonicum are the numerous dragonfly to be seen in the garden now, with something of a puzzle connected with them. With the exception of one male, all have only faint traces of the pruinescent blue colour. At water bodies where they breed blue males are common, perhaps when they are in dry country where breeding is not possible the colour does not readily develop. The first image is of the semi-coloured male followed by an uncoloured male and a female.

Damselflies have been conspicuous by their absence, just the occasional Wandering Ringtail, Austrolestes leda.

The outer garden has trees of many species, including Angophora costata, where this larva of the Batwing Moth was discovered. More information is on Gippsland Mothing.

At times larvae of the Mealybug Ladybird are plentiful on the trees.

The flowers of the Brush Box, Lophostemon confertus aka Tristania conferta are very beautiful, but seem to be largely ignored by day flying insects, this yellow flower wasp bucked the trend.

To conclude, two shots of the Pale-flecked Garden Sunskink, Lampropholis guichenoti which abound throughout the garden.

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Continuing with spiders, Austracantha minax, or Australian Jewel Spiders to give them their appropriate common name, have their orb webs strung close to the abundant flies on the Baeckea. They invariably manage to present their under sides to the camera so this one was gently persuaded to move to a better position.

Leaf curlers, Phonognatha graeffei are getting more numerous. This individual had more much ambitious plans for its shelter than its neighbours, arachnid one-upmanship!

Blue-banded Bees, Amegilla cingulata are more numerous this season, good news for the tomatoes which they pollinate.One has to be quick on the trigger as they only land for an instant before moving to the next flower. The Pale Vanilla Lilies are a popular target.

The smaller native bees seem to have largely done their work, but a Masked Bee, Hylaeus nubilosus has been at the bee house finishing off a nest site. The bamboo tube was first sealed with a cellophane-like material, which was then covered with a frass-like substance gathered from adjacent tubes.

Further out in the garden a sheet of bark fell from a decorticating White Brittle Gum, E. mannifera, to reveal a beautifully constructed spider egg case.

And on an adjacent tree another wasp pair.

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