With the eucalypts outgrowing their bark there are lots of hiding places behind the loose flakes, Chalcopteroides cyanopterus, (Tenebrionidae) in its various colour forms takes full advantage.
Paropsisterna intacta, (Chrysomelidae) is a handsome leaf beetle.
Small leaf beetles like this Paropsis species come to the moth light on occasion.
As do Ichneumon wasps, like this nice Enicospilus species, a caterpillar parasite.
When mothing is under way in the garden, foraging sugar ant soldiers are soon on the scene to gather small moths that inevitably get crushed underfoot on the groundsheet.
This season has been notable for the lack (among many things) of spiders. Normally the trees would be festooned with garden orb-weaver webs, not so, leaf-curlers are missing, and jumpers have been extremely scarce. Christmas Jewel Spiders that left numerous egg sacs last season were a non event, likewise St. Andrew’s Cross, so, photographs are scarce. However this neat retreat of an unknown species behind an external power-point was well worth a snap.
A disturbed huntsman couldn’t find a bark flake for cover so had to settle for camouflage.
This fly with partially developed wings seen on a vegetable plot was captured for a later snap.
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