The Colours of Oz

The Ctreatures that make up the Character of our Nature

Archive for the ‘Predator’ Category

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Ant Hunter

These little Jumpers are the kittens of the spider world, so apparently playful at times the way they hop, skip and jump about in what looks like playful abandon. Not the times depicted here though. Here they are hunting ants, successfully. Ants will often travel in a line on an open surface and there you will find these spiders, waiting in the wings to pick off strays, or pouncing on the line and carrying an ant off to eat it in quiet.

These lines of ants are often guarded by soldier ants, big and ferocious fellows. But even they can become a Jumpers dinner, as you can see here – one has an ant nearly as big as itself.

Cute? Not to an ant.

Cane Toad

This creature was introduced to Aus by industry in ’37 to combat the sugar cane beetles but since it doesn’t fly it didn’t do a very good job. It has done a very good job eating or killing everything else though. It has its own integrity.

Written by Mark

June 20, 2010 at 1:12 am

Ichneumon Wasp

This is a rare instance when the wasp actually stops long enough for a few shots. The relative cold probably had something to do with it. Then a car backfired inĀ  the distance and she was gone.

Written by Mark

June 1, 2010 at 4:10 pm

Shield Bug – Predator

This Shield Bug was on the bushes in the garden where the the Longhorn and other Beetles live. It must have been hungry since it attacked the Longhorn Beetle you see and followed it off into the shadows.

Written by Mark

April 27, 2010 at 11:09 am