Summer #3

Wasps have been very scarce this season, with flower wasps and sand wasps conspicuous by their absence. There have been a small number of spider hunting wasps in the subfamily Pepsinae checking out the tree trunks for prey. This one had captured a Clubiona spider and was haunting an outdoors chair where it may have had a nest.

A harmless and attractive native cockroach, Ellipsidion australe.

A juvenile white-tailed spider,Lampona species, the white body markings fade with age.

The majority of the damsels in the garden are Wandering Ringtails, Austrolestes leda, but there is also the odd Blue Ringtail, Austrolestes annulosus.

This fly has so far failed to get an identification on Inat.

Summer #2

A few more inverts are starting to be seen as the weather gradually warms, the first image is of a leaf-footed bug, Genus Amorbus.

Spiders are still scarce but this cute little crab spider, Cymbacha ocellata showed up.

It’s been mentioned previously that the odd species has been seen in unusual numbers, and this is another. Normally, in the garden, drone flies, Genus Eristalis are an occasional sighting, but at the moment they are in numbers.

The Eucalyptus parramattensis has proved to be a favourite of many foliage grazing species, probably due to the fact that the leaves are relatively small and tender. The larvae of the Batwing Moth is one with several visible at the moment. Usually they camp in a niche on the trunk, but this one was hanging out close to its dinner table.

A tiny six mm cluster of larvae are, subject to confirmation, leaf-eating beetles Paropsisterna species, adults of which have been recorded in the past.

And another small cluster, yet to be identified.