Lizards Plus.

Garden Sun Skinks are only too happy to live in close proximity to humans, taking advantage of all sorts of man made habitat. Living out of town, the wood heap is very popular, but it was something of a surprise to find two that had moved into a few blocks of firewood waiting in the carport for a cool night’s fire. They were very much at home and totally ignored the camera and flash intruding on their domain.

There are a few more garden orb weavers to be seen this season compared to last, this female used a dead leaf on the Omeo Gum, E. neglecta for her daytime retreat.

A closer view.

Euryopis superba is an attractive small spider that preys on ants, it is often found on the smooth-barked garden trees. It is from the same general family as the Redback.

This jumping spider, Servaea incana is well camouflaged on the redgum bark.

Longicorn beetles come in all sizes and colours, this nice brown one remained perched on an ironbark for most of the day.

Robberflies in common with many insects are not as numerous this season, this individual flew in with its grasshopper prey and landed on a verandah post.

Down by the river the normally abundant Common Flatwing, Austroargiolestes icteromelas is very hard to find, but strangely, the Orange Threadtail, Nososticta solida that is usually quite sparse,  is much more common this season.

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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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