Nearly Winter.

We’ve had a few light frosts already, and with the much cooler temperatures, subjects for the macro lens are getting harder to find. Occasionally something will be found on the sunny side of a tree trunk, or some otherĀ  location warmed by the late autumn sun. Following are shots gathered over the last couple of weeks.

A Stink Bug, Poecilometis strigatus.

Sparshall’s moth larvae, Trichiocercus sparshalli have been common during the warmer months, and male and female adults have been coming to the moth light. This is a cluster of eggs, covered for protection by a mat of hairs from the female’s rear end.

Autumn is Hakea flowering time, and as has been reported frequently in the past, the Hakea laurina is a magnet for bees, both honey, and the little native, Hylaeus littleri that has been in larger numbers than previously.

A leaf beetle, Paropsis atomaria.

A Lantern Fly in to the moth light, Rentinus dilatatus.

One of the callistemons has had a good autumn flowering, the bottlebrush flowers are attracting lots of honey bees, and keeping them company were two White-spotted Ichneumonid Wasps, Echthromorpha intricatoria busily flitting about. One finally landed giving a photo opportunity.

The Hoary Servaea, Servaea incana can still be found out and about occasionally.

And on the Brittle Gum trunks, Two-tailed Spiders, Tamopsis species, still manage to amaze with their ability to blend in with the colour and texture of the bark.

Finally a Tachinid Fly sunning itself on the Eucalyptus parramattensis.

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A Few More.

With the autumn season progressing things are getting harder to find, these are just a few, mainly from the moth light plus a couple more.

A green lacewing, Pseudomallada edwardsi.

A small Ichneumon wasp, much smaller than the norm to the light.

An Assassin Bug, subfamily Tribelocephalinae.

So far unidentified.

A small night prowling Sac spider, Clubiona sp.

And from daylight hours, a mating wasp pair.