Sunday, 17 January 2016

Moths

I have taken a few moth photo but have had a bit of difficulty in identification so haven't posted them but thought I should put them up regardless.


 This tiny moth about 1cm was on the screen door and I am reasonably confident on the identification as James Kershaw's Concealer Moth Heleroteucha kershawi that has a range through Queensland, NSW and Western Australia.

Today I manage a photo of a moth that I also took a photo of a few weeks ago, but unable to get the identification, but today I feel more confident and the closest I can find is Eulrichopidia latinus,  one of the NOCTUIDAE family.

 

Friday, 25 December 2015

Christmas Greetings

Our Christmas Bells Blandifordia grandiflora timed it exactly right this year.


Best wishes to everyone for Christmas and the New Year

Sunday, 6 December 2015

Mimic double

I have been clearing some small trees and today I was collecting the cut logs and when I picked a piece up I though at first glance there was a spider on the bark.

 Quickly recognised that it was in fact a beetle (species not identified) likely to be one of the bark beetles that lay their eggs on fallen trees, for the larvae to feed on the decaying bark and timber. It was quite still, but when disturbed it moved in a way that resembled one of the wasp species that are quite common around here. I found more of them on the logs and noticed that  when they move around their yellow antennae look and flick the same as the wasp's.

 

Saturday, 5 December 2015

Eyes and a big smile.

A large moth fluttered against a window last night attracted by the light and it was very noticeable due to strong white markings across the underside of the wings. however I was unable to get it to venture into a position where it could be caught. This morning I had more luck as what I assume to be the same species flew past as I was watering the vegetable garden and took shelter on the retaining logs under a large pumpkin leaf. 


The green tinge is from the light through the leaf and the photo was taken using my iphone.

The moth is one of the Notuidae family Donuca lanipes  White Banded Noctuid found throughout north eastern Australia

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Pied spied

When we lived in Sydney one bird that we saw almost daily, was the Pied Currawaong, Strepera graculina a handsome black bird with a bright golden eye. Their numbers have grown, to become a bit of a problem in the urban and suburban areas. The environment created by people planting exotic plants that have lots of berries, many becoming weeds and putting out feed is the basic cause of the population explosion.
They are omnivorous, so small birds, eggs, lizards and insects are all part of their diet and the growth in numbers is seen as one of the causes of the decline in small birds in the city areas.
I expected that we would see lots of Currawongs here but they are very infrequent visitors, however over the past week we have been visited by a pair, who announce their arrival with their two note call followed by a whistle. Getting a photo has been difficult as they prefer the tree tops where a silhouette against the sky is all that is available. 
Today I was in luck as they flew to one of the spotted gums adjacent to our deck and were only in the mid section of the tree.



 Their range is right down the east and south east coast and ranges and in the southern areas they overlap with the Grey Currawong.