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Gorse Seed Weevil Exapion ulicis

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jtweed

Date

January 16, 2020 09:00 AM NZDT

Description

Beaten from scotch broom growing within tussock grassland.

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What

Nodding Thistle Receptacle Weevil Rhinocyllus conicus

Observer

jtweed

Date

January 15, 2020 05:01 PM NZDT

Description

Caught sweeping trough tussock grassland Plenty of nodding thistle in the area.

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jtweed

Date

January 15, 2020 04:59 PM NZDT

Description

Caught sweeping through tussock grassland. Tentative ID so please correct if wrong.

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jtweed

Date

January 15, 2020 04:58 PM NZDT

Description

Caught sweeping through matagouri/Coprosma/Muehlenbeckia shrubland.

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jtweed

Date

January 15, 2020 04:56 PM NZDT

Description

Beaten from Carmichaelia petrei (native broom). I think I have the ID correct but not 100% certain. ID'd based primarily on dorsal markings.

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What

Seed Bugs Family Lygaeidae

Observer

jtweed

Date

January 15, 2020 04:52 PM NZDT

Description

Beaten from Carmichaelia petrei (native broom). Found this species several times from several different native broom bushes but not on any other shrub species (e.g. matagouri, Coprosma, Muehlenbeckia, etc.)

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What

Grass Stem Anthribid Euciodes suturalis

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jtweed

Date

January 15, 2020 04:50 PM NZDT

Description

Very common when sweeping through tussock grassland/rank pasture grass. I think it's Eucioides suturalis but that doesn't seem to be an option within iNat. Then again, I may be completely wrong anyway...

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jtweed

Date

January 15, 2020 04:48 PM NZDT

Description

Caught flying over tussock grassland.

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What

European Dung Beetle Aphodius fimetarius

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jtweed

Date

January 15, 2020 04:42 PM NZDT

Description

Caught sweeping through tussock grassland/pastureland.

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What

White-striped Litter Fly Poecilohetaerella bilineata

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jtweed

Date

January 15, 2020 04:38 PM NZDT

Description

Caught sweeping through tussock grassland. Also seen commonly on flowering Muehlenbeckia complexa.

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jtweed

Date

January 15, 2020 04:32 PM NZDT

Description

Caught flying through tussock grassland.

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What

Carpet Moths Subfamily Larentiinae

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jtweed

Date

January 15, 2020 04:31 PM NZDT

Description

Beaten from Corokia cotoneaster/Olearia bullata (I can't remember exactly which) growing within tussock grassland.

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jtweed

Date

January 15, 2020 01:35 PM NZDT

Description

Day-flying moth, caught flying over ground cover amongst shrubs.

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What

Kowhai Moth Uresiphita maorialis

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jtweed

Date

January 15, 2020 12:53 PM NZDT

Description

Extremely abundant on kowhai growing with dryland scrub/forest in gullies within tussock grassland.

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What

Broad-nosed Weevils Subfamily Entiminae

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jtweed

Date

January 15, 2020 11:15 AM NZDT

Description

Caught sweeping through rank pasture grass/tussock/muehlenbeckia complexa.

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What

Sooty Orbweaver Cyclosa fuliginata

Observer

jtweed

Date

January 15, 2020 11:04 AM NZDT

Description

Common on shrubs within tussock grassland.

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What

Copper Butterflies Genus Lycaena

Observer

jtweed

Date

January 15, 2020 10:56 AM NZDT

Description

Very common flying over tussock grassland/shrubland. Particularly common near Muehlenbeckia complexa.

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What

New Zealand Pipit Anthus novaeseelandiae ssp. novaeseelandiae

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jtweed

Date

January 10, 2020 02:47 PM NZDT

Place

Otago, NZ (Google, OSM)

Description

Feeding in tussock/pastureland.

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jtweed

Date

January 10, 2020 02:38 PM NZDT

Place

Otago, NZ (Google, OSM)

Description

Caught sweeping through tussock.

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jtweed

Date

January 10, 2020 02:36 PM NZDT

Place

Otago, NZ (Google, OSM)

Description

Caught flying over wet seepage within tussock grassland. I think I have the species correct but not 100% certain.

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jtweed

Date

January 10, 2020 02:24 PM NZDT

Place

Otago, NZ (Google, OSM)

Description

Found on basalt talus. Interestingly I only found it on one small, isolated patch of talus and didn't find it anywhere else within the tussock grassland. Probably Sigaus australis. All of the specimens I found in this area had the some colouration pattern. I wasn't able to get any photos other than this one though unfortunately.

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jtweed

Date

January 10, 2020 02:11 PM NZDT

Place

Otago, NZ (Google, OSM)

Description

Found resting on fence within tussock grassland. I think I have the family correct but not 100% certain.

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What

Kiriwai Manuka Chafer Pyronota edwardsi

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jtweed

Date

January 10, 2020 01:59 PM NZDT

Place

Otago, NZ (Google, OSM)

Description

Extremely common on shrubs within the tussock grassland.

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jtweed

Date

January 10, 2020 01:50 PM NZDT

Place

Otago, NZ (Google, OSM)

Description

Found on Muehlenbeckia complexa flowers/foliage.

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What

Lichen Darkling Beetle Genus Artystona

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jtweed

Date

January 10, 2020 01:27 PM NZDT

Place

Otago, NZ (Google, OSM)

Description

Found under rocks in basalt rock stack/shruband, surrounded by tussock grassland.

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jtweed

Date

January 10, 2020 01:12 PM NZDT

Place

Otago, NZ (Google, OSM)

Description

Very large fly. Common on the day flying over tussock grassland. Particularly abundant around flowering Muehlenbeckia complexa bushes.

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jtweed

Date

January 10, 2020 12:41 PM NZDT

Place

Otago, NZ (Google, OSM)

Description

Found and photographed along a farm track within tussock grassland.

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What

Wide-banded Tiger Beetle Neocicindela latecincta

Observer

jtweed

Date

January 10, 2020 12:34 PM NZDT

Place

Otago, NZ (Google, OSM)

Description

Very common on exposed rock/soil/clay banks and track cuttings.

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What

Stink Bugs Family Pentatomidae

Observer

jtweed

Date

January 10, 2020 12:33 PM NZDT

Place

Otago, NZ (Google, OSM)

Description

Caught on Muehlenbeckia complexa. Some smaller specimens (earlier instars?) seen clustered together on the same plant species.

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jtweed

Date

January 10, 2020 12:30 PM NZDT

Place

Otago, NZ (Google, OSM)

Description

Caught resting on Muehlenbeckia complexa in tussock grassland.

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