The Colours of Oz

The Ctreatures that make up the Character of our Nature

Ant

These ants have been occupying a sunny spot at the top of an unused entrance to a building in the local scout camp. Two kinds, big and smaller. The activity was feverish. The pic with the two kinds touching is a momentary exchange, not a fight. Each day I went there was a different bull ant on the highest position, each time with parts missing, a foot, a leg, antennae. The bulls had one posture, jaws agape in ready stance. A domination game perhaps.

Ichneumon Wasp

Another beautiful Wasp, elegant and colourful. And they don’t sting, they just fly around doing wasp things. Like exploring, eating, sleeping and all the other things creatures do. Just like me and you.

Grasshoppers

A collection of Grasshoppers from the year just gone. They come in all colours and sizes and will eat all the vegetables if allowed to.

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The little creatures are everywhere, when you take the time to just look and see. Neon Cuckoo Wasp captured by a black Assassin Bug on the power pole in the car park. Mosquito resting on a yellow flower. A Green Leaf Beetle wandering about the fallen leaves. The Droptail Lizard lying in the sun on the stairway. A Fly blowing bubbles on a leaf in the garden. Some of our tiny relatives, since we all live on the same Earth.

Unusual Fly

Written by Mark

July 15, 2010 at 10:15 pm

Odds from Roundabouts

It never ceases to amaze me the endless variety of form and colour of the small nature at our feet. It’s everywhere to be seen at different times and yet so few see it.

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 in  the distance and she was gone.

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June 1, 2010 at 4:10 pm

Drone Fly

Another of nature’s beauties, she was sheltering from the wind and rain on a leaf near the ground and stayed long enough for me to get a few shots, turning this way and that so I could get a few different angles. Thank you fly.

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May 23, 2010 at 11:12 pm

Mating Beetles

Making little Green Leaf beetles.

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May 17, 2010 at 2:49 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.

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April 27, 2010 at 11:09 am

Odds 7

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April 24, 2010 at 1:10 pm

Mole Cricket

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April 7, 2010 at 11:53 am

Grasshopper

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March 31, 2010 at 7:02 pm

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All found around the house.

Weevil froze on meeting the ants.

Longhorn Beetle.

Written by Mark

March 13, 2010 at 5:59 pm