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A Random Collection.

Photographs of a variety of creatures from the garden and the moth light.

First, a Leaf Hopper, or Lantern Fly, Rentinus dilatatus (Hemiptera, Fulgoridae) these come to the moth light occasionally. After wandering around on the ground sheet, this friendly individual thought denim was a better material to perch on.

Early autumn sees large numbers of Elhamma australasiae come in to the light, and inevitably the odd one on the groundsheet gets trodden on. Bull ants are usually on patrol and collect the casualties. There was competition for this one while a water beetle looked on.

Also into the light, a winged termite,

and this unknown species.

Many correas are coming into flower in autumn, and bees, both blue-banded and honey varieties are busy collecting pollen.

Autumn is also the time when Leaf-curling Spiders, Phonognatha graeffei, are at their most numerous. This one scorned the available leaves for something more colourful.

One that came inside in its rolled leaf attached to gardening clothes was taken outside for a photo on the wall, giving an uncommonly seen complete view.

All the St. Andrew’s cross spiders in the garden have now lived their lives and disappeared, but the female up under the house eave is still there. She has constructed a phenomenal five egg sacs.

Although beetle numbers have dropped there are still some interesting and attractive ones to be seen in and about the garden.

Quite a few weevils are wandering about, two of this species were observed while cutting firewood. Of interest are the small bulbous structures  on the feet, seen in the frontal shot.

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During the last few days of summer, dragonflies on the wing have been hard to find by the river and creek, just a very occasional Emerald, but that is par for the course. Last season, the autumn appearance of Cordulephya pygmaea, the Common Shutwing was a non event for some reason, but this year it is a very different story. During a working day in the reserve, adjacent to the creek, numbers of this small dragonfly were seen perched on signs and logs, sometimes four or five together. This perching behaviour seems to be characteristic of the species, individuals in flight are hard to find. They are very tolerant of the photographer, allowing a close approach, and returning to perch if disturbed by getting too near. The three images were taken with the 200 macro lens that allows a safer working distance.

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