Another Lot.

Unusually, the normally common Tau Emerald hasn’t been sighted, but the odd Australian Emerald is still on the wing.

While checking the Sannantha, this shield bug, Cuspicona apothoracica flew in and landed.

The agapanthus in a neighbouring garden continue to come up with jumpers,

Opisthoncus sp.

On two of the garden gums Mealybug Ladybird larvae are prowling.

On one of the Yellow Gums a small leaf beetle and a leaf hopper posed for snaps.

This wasp, a Gotra sp. is quite spectacular, the young are pupa parasites.

A chance check of the trunk of the Allocasuarina littoralis paid off with the discovery of a jumping spider that appears to have captured another jumping spider, not an unusual event. It is Clynotis severus, noted for being found on grey bark, and in particular, casuarinas, where its colour and body markings make it very hard to see. Various jumping spiders are found in a range of habitats, some of the local Maratus are found in the leaf and stick litter on the forest floor. Other species seem to prefer vegetation that is succulent or partly so, but this one is especially interesting in that it has a liking for a particular type of tree.

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After The Rain.

A sunny day after very welcome rain saw the Sannantha pluriflora come up with the goods. Flies had been the main insects frequenting the flowers up until now, but they had thinned out, and other insects were welcome subjects for the camera after a period with little to see. A breeze made things difficult but perseverance paid off.

A Common Grass Blue nectaring.

A Hatchet Wasp, Evaniidae family was a nice visitor.

A brilliant Zebra Wasp, Turneromyia sp.

Two native bee parasites, Gasteruptiidae family were  in attendance.

As were Banded Beeflies, Villa sp.

A Drone Fly was too elusive, as was a native bee and a few others but there’s always another day. Click pictures to enlarge.