The Colours of Oz

The Ctreatures that make up the Character of our Nature

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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

Odds 6

All found around the house.

Weevil froze on meeting the ants.

Longhorn Beetle.

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March 13, 2010 at 5:59 pm

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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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