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Saturday, 4 February 2012

28 Spotted Ladybird Epilachna vigintioctopunctata

Common Names: 28 Spotted Potato Ladybird, 28 Spotted Ladybug
Species: Epilachna vigintioctopunctata

The 28 Spotted Ladybird unlike most ladybird species feeds on leaves in both its adult and larval stages. The one in this photo has just started to chew its way through this leaf.

Unknown Small Fly

Not sure what species or even what family this little fly belongs to, if anyone has any ideas please let me know via the comments. The dark patterning on the wings is quite interesting.

Common Fly Musca sp. Near Aseroe rubra

Common Names: House Fly, Common Fly, Bush Fly
Species: Musca sp.

A common muscid fly attracted to the decaying scent produced by the Anemone Stinkhorn fungus (Aseroe rubra, pictured bottom left, see my native plant photogrpahy blog for more shots of this interesting fungus). The fly helps the fungus to spread its spores.

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Junonia villida Female Meadow Argus Butterfly

Common Names: Meadow Argus Butterfly, Albin's Hampstead Eye
Species: Junonia villidaFamily: NYMPHALIDAE

The Meadow Argus Butterfly (Junonia villida) is a medium sized butterfly that is surprisingly fussy about its resting position. If the sun is bright it rests with its wings in a somewhat horizontal position to absorb the rays and relax. If a predator approaches while it's sunny it will flatten its wings further to fully show the predator its warning eye spots. Alternativly if the sun is behind the clouds the butterfly will keep its wings closed. If a predator then approaches when there is no sun the butterfly will show off only the eyespots on only its forewings. This particular individual has a female colour pattern which is more drab and slightly different in arrangement to the colouration of the male Medaw Argus Butterfly.

Tectocoris diophthalmus Nymphs Feeding On Hibiscus heterophyllus

Common Names: Harlequin Bugs, Cotton Harlequin Bugs, Hibiscus Harlequin Bugs
Species: Tectocoris diophthalmusFamily: SCUTELLERIDAE

Nymphs of the Hibiscus Harlequin Bugs (Tectocoris diophthalmus) until adulthood often hang around in clusters sucking fluids from the leaves of Malvaceae family members. They also sometimes have a taste for Brachychitons, Grevilleas and young Bottlebrushes. True bugs in the family Scutelleridae superficially resemble beetles, this is because they are often colourfull and their forewings are fused into a hard shell, and although the forewings of beetles are separate, both give an armoured appearance. These nymphs are chowing down on Hibiscus heterophyllus, a species of native Hibiscus. They have not yet developed the fused-forewing cover (scutellum) for which this family gets its name.

Atractomorpha similis Adult Female Vegetable Grasshopper

Common Names: Vegetable Grasshopper, Northern Grass Pyrgomorph, Green Grass Pyrgomorph
Species: Atractomorpha similisFamily: PYRGOMORPHIDAE

Anyone who lives in South-East Queensland where I do would have seen one of these little guys, they are Atractomorpha similis, commonly called Vegetable Grasshoppers as well as a host of other names that children come up with for them. I think I always used to call them long-nosed grasshoppers as a kid. This one is likely an adult female due to it's size and fully developed wings. Apparently there's another very similar species called Atractomorpha australis, which can only be found in its adult stage from Feburary to April while Atractomorpha similis can be founds in its adult stage all year round. This photo wasn't taken in Feburary, March or April so I'm going to go out on a limb here and assume it's Atractomorpha similis, studiers of Pyrgomorphs please don't crucify me. This one looks to be hanging around on a geranium leaf, perhaps it's just had a feed. It sadens me to think how many of these poor critters get sacrified to lawn mower blades everytime the grass is mown. I much prefer these to the larger Giant Grasshoppers that also hang around my garden, mostly because they're smaller, eat less and are less likely to startle me when I don't see them while gardening.