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A Few Visitors …

… to the outside light last night. On a wall so angles are mostly restricted. It has rained for a while here now and I haven’t been able to get out to my usual places anyway so I am making do with what comes to me.

Two are taken with the usual +8 dioptre. The rest using the +20 dioptre. Some minor cropping on some of them for comp.

This one was just a dot to my eye aided by a +2.5 reading glass, smaller than a pin-head. I only noticed as it crossed the frame as I was shooting the wasp. An active little thing, endlessly running to and fro with an occasional pause. No idea what it is.

A few tiny unmoving moths, about 4-6mm.

A wasp I think, about 4mm long. This one didn’t move for ages except to turn and shake its head now and then.

And last, the smallest hopper I have seen, about 4mm long.

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Written by Mark

March 10, 2010 at 7:12 pm

Mottled Yellow Leaf Beetle

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March 9, 2010 at 10:34 pm

Red Flower Beetle

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March 2, 2010 at 3:30 pm

Odds 5

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February 14, 2010 at 4:05 pm

Rhinoserous Beetle

Also known as the Elephant Beetle for its size and weight, this one was brought to me and was very agitated so I let it go after a few shots, has also lost half a front leg. You can see it’s been around, dented, holed and cracked. It now sits on a slice of mango, a little heaven to a sweet toothed beetle.

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I put it out in a pot plant last night with a piece of mango and leaf litter after it served me, having read that’s what they eat. It took to the mango right away but didn’t fly away through the night as I thought. After the heat of the day I took it out from its shelter for a few more shots, it had dug in under a piece of wood. It had gotten very dusty digging in the earth and then a bit messy eating more of the mango. So I tried washing it down with some water poured on it. It wasn’t happy, hissing – as they do when picked up, and arching upwards. It’s over two inches long, nose to tail, and heavy. Wing span must be about six inches, I only saw the attempt to fly last night.

I put it out in a pot plant last night with a piece of mango and leaf litter after it served me, having read that’s what they eat. It took to the mango right away but didn’t fly away through the night as I thought. After the heat of the day I took it out from its shelter for a few more shots, it had dug in under a piece of wood. It had gotten very dusty digging in the earth and then a bit messy eating more of the mango. So I tried washing it down with some water poured on it. It wasn’t happy, hissing – as they do when picked up, and arching upwards. It’s over two inches long, nose to tail, and heavy. Wing span must be about six inches, I only saw the attempt to fly last night.

Written by Mark

February 6, 2010 at 12:32 pm

Wedge Shaped Beetle – Red + Black

Only two individuals found so far, by me. Both clinging to a short stem, one in the afternoon in the middle of a field and the other just before sundown. Karingal/Mt Cotton Sct Camp + Vic Pt water treatment plant.

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January 16, 2010 at 3:15 pm

Lady Bug’s + Cycle

This all happened in the garden as I let the grass grow. Somewhere along the way an egg was laid. Out of it came the larva. The larva turned to the pupa and out of it came the Lady Bug. All in a life’s work.

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January 15, 2010 at 9:05 pm

Sweet Daphne

Found in the remnant rainforest nearby, Eprapah. Flowered for about three days, exotic aroma, angelic. Poisonous too.

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January 13, 2010 at 12:55 pm

Native Australian Bees – White Furry Face – Black

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January 12, 2010 at 1:22 pm

Odds 4

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January 11, 2010 at 6:15 pm

Honey Bee – Yellow Flower

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January 9, 2010 at 9:39 pm

Odds 3

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January 7, 2010 at 10:09 am

Scorpionfly – Lacewing

Three individuals here, two from the bush and one from around the light just before dark – hard to get the one on the ceiling – wooden beam.

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January 5, 2010 at 11:03 am

Odds 2

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January 2, 2010 at 1:16 pm

Ant – Black

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December 25, 2009 at 12:37 am

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