Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Food Chain

This Dwarf Tree Frog or Green Reed Frog Litoria fallax is the most commonly seen frog around our house, as it is happy to be out during the daylight hours and even sunbaking on a leaf or stem. This character was on a leaf of an orchid in our shadehouse and I noticed it was waiting for the ants that were coming to the scale insects on the orchid, where they collect the sugary excretion form the scale. A scale insect can be seen on the elbow and an ant was out of its sight on its leg, but any that wandered down the leaf were gulped down. The colour of these frogs can vary from the bronze-green like this one to bright leaf green.

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