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zosterops99

Date

June 9, 2019 12:39 PM AEST

Description

Found on the coastal wattle. It's the biggest caterpillar I've found in ages. I hope they have a better season next summer.

I don't know if this is a variation on our common Acyphas semiochrea ? I've never seen them anywhere near this light.

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zosterops99

Date

June 9, 2019 12:34 PM AEST

Description

This looks a bit crusty. Maybe it is going to head on to the new instar.

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zosterops99

Date

June 9, 2019 12:37 PM AEST

Description

I'm not sure if those little critters are mites. The Psyllid itself is only a couple of mm long. It's interesting how different the exuvium looks from the side.

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Dustywings Family Coniopterygidae

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zosterops99

Date

June 8, 2019 03:59 PM AEST

Description

There were lots of these in flight in the reserve next to the Leven River (Ulverstone) last weekend

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zosterops99

Date

June 9, 2019 12:31 PM AEST

Description

A footman, maybe Palaeosia sp. Does P. bicosta come in such a light variation? I can find quite a lot of images of this very light version, but none seem to be confidently named.

Added a bit later...I think this is Palaeosia sp 2 according to Moths of Victoria Part 2 p27.

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zosterops99

Date

June 8, 2019 03:06 PM AEST

Description

This is smaller than I recalled it to be: 14mm I found this dead outside the Burnie Makers Space. I was very excited to find it. They are an attractive cockroach.

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Four-winged Gall Apiomorpha munita

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zosterops99

Date

June 1, 2019 02:35 PM AEST

Description

Well this was a bit of an unfortunate end to my gall story. The gall, totally brown and desiccated had been sitting for weeks in a jar in my kitchen. I thought that there was absolutely no chance that the female could be still alive. I decided to look at her corpse, so I cut the gall open (easier said than done with a knife). To my disappointment really, she was still alive and I nicked her with the knife :-(((( There were also another zillion crawlers inside the gall.

As I had failed to keep the first batch of crawlers alive, despite my best leaf gathering, I decided to return them all to the patch of E. obliqua that I had found them in. I scattered the crawlers onto leaves and branches, and I wedged the gall back amongst the trunk, in case the female survived my gash (and my home destruction.

As punishment it is a horrible walks to that site (surely, nearly vertical) and it was freezing and raining.....

These are bad pictures because of the very difficult container I have to deal with.....On April 10 I collected an interesting looking Eucalyptus gall (poorly photographed below) to see if I could find out what was living in it (this was my planned new super-documentation subject). Anyway, the gall was too big for the lens I had, and I was supposedly going to take good photos at home (forgot), stuck it into a jar and then essentially forgot about it. Yesterday (May 13) I did a token look at the jar, then did a double take when I saw tiny (around 1 mm) moving dots in a loose cluster (above).) I attempted photos from outside the container as I didn't want them to escape. I thought they were mites. In the evening they were tightly clustered near the lid of the jar, so I could vaguely get a better dorsal image. I was surprised to find that they weren't mites, but insects. I assume Hemiptera, but I don't know. Anyway, my task now is to try and work out what I need to feed them on and see if I can rear them to something recognisable (and take some better pics). If anyone does know what they are, please let me know.

In retrospect I am kind of glad that I forgot to do the good photo shoot of the actual gall as I probably would have cut it open to observe what was inside.

Thanks to Penelope Mills (via Bowerbird) for telling me that the crawlers were Apiomorpha, possibly munita.

More of the earlier story www.flickr.com/photos/zosterops/33969466608/in/dateposted/

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What

True Bugs Suborder Heteroptera

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zosterops99

Date

March 23, 2019 09:56 AM AEDT

Description

I found these on March 24, 2019 and decided to collect them to see what species would emerge. I hoped it would be a nice rapid emergence! I am writing this on May 31, and what are actually emerging are wasps, although I can still see some little red eyes staring up, so there is still some hope. I release everything after emergence.

The photos of the Eulpelmid wasps are here: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/26102367

These photos are taken on different dates to see the changes in the eggs. Note the photo taken on May 31 - You can see the crude emergence holes of the wasps. To the left of the yellow dead looking egg you can see a wasp looking out .

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zosterops99

Date

May 31, 2019 12:21 PM AEST

Description

These are two of the (currently) 4 wasps that emerged from my bug? eggs over the last few days. They make jagged, messy exit holes that seem to be chipped off the eggs. There are lots of fragments lying all over the clutch now. In the first sub-photo you can just see a wasp looking out through the top of an egg. The wasps tend to walk around (very fast) and do a big leap when they need to get away. I have now had the eggs for about 2 months. I think the wasp is Eupelmidae: maybe Anastatus? Hopefully I'll actually get some bugs at some point. You can still see some little red eyes looking out!

The egg photo shows a wasp emerging. It is looking out from the egg to the left of the dead looking yellow egg.

The photos of the eggs are here: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/26102380

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zosterops99

Date

May 12, 2019 11:45 AM AEST

Description

Not exciting, but I think this is the first time I haven't found it on fireweed. This time I found it on Coastal Wattle.

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Saltbush Blue Theclinesthes serpentata

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zosterops99

Date

May 12, 2019 11:43 AM AEST

Description

On Saltbush

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zosterops99

Date

May 11, 2019 11:24 AM AEST

Description

Yet another variation on this mysterious Rhyzobius theme. This one has a lot more orange than the others I have found (if it is this genus).

ID help would be appreciated.

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zosterops99

Date

January 11, 2014

Description

Beach Rove Beetle

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zosterops99

Date

February 17, 2014

Description

Cisseis pauperula???

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zosterops99

Date

January 13, 2013

Description

Hylaeus (Euprosopoides) perplexus
Identified as Hylaeus Euprosopoides rotundiceps on Bowerbird by Bernhard Jacobi

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zosterops99

Date

February 13, 2015

Description

Callohesma calliopsiformis

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zosterops99

Date

February 21, 2012

Description

Paracolletes (Paracolletes)
Identified as Paracolletes Paracolletes rebellis on Bowerbird by Ken Walker: "There is very little to separate P. rebellis and P. fervidus ... perhaps they should be synonymised. Irrespective of the species, this is an important record as it is the first record of this genus for Tasmania. Well done !!!"

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zosterops99

Date

March 22, 2015

Description

Tiny swarming bee

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zosterops99

Date

July 9, 2015

Description

Katherine Hot Springs Tiger Beetle

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zosterops99

Date

July 6, 2015

Description

Mystery fly
Identified as Pygocona on Bowerbird by Ken Walker: "Hi Kristi and Tony D - BowerBird now has over 24,000 identified images and it is sometimes useful to search the BowerBird library to see if something similar has been previously identified. When I saw Kristi's images and Tony D's comments, I remembered that I had sometime ago asked the world expert on Bombyliidae, Dr Neal Evenhuis at the Bishop Museum, Hawaii, to identify a very similar looking fly. He placed that fly to the genus Pygocona which is one of the three Australian genera is the subfamily Phthiriinae which is where Tony D. had placed this fly. You can begin your search with the family Bombyliidae and then if you see something similar, then query on that genus name. In this case, there are already 3 records with similar looking flies the one in your great images. You can either query BowerBird for the genus "Pygocona" or try this URL to see the results of this BowerBird query: "http://www.bowerbird.org.au/home/sightings?query=Pygocona". Cheers Ken"

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zosterops99

Date

July 11, 2015

Description

Potter Wasp
Identified as Rhynchium mirabile on Bowerbird by Ken Walker

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zosterops99

Date

January 6, 2016

Description

Stonefly: Eusthenia costalis??
Identified as Eusthenia costalis on Bowerbird by Ken Walker: "In 1977, Peter Zwick revised the Australian genus Eusthenia - a PDF of this paper is available here: http://www.stoneflies.org.nz/Fact_Sheets/references/Zwicki_1979.pdf. On page 26, there is a comparative wing pattern figure that shows the different wing pattern between the different species. These photos are of E. costalis. Great record!"

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zosterops99

Date

February 20, 2018

Description

Hyphesma atromicans

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Blue Ant Diamma bicolor

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zosterops99

Date

March 31, 2013

Description

Blue Bottle Ant

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What

Silver Xenica Oreixenica lathoniella

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zosterops99

Date

September 8, 2012

Description

Butterfly chrysalis
Identified as Oreixenica lathoniella on Bowerbird by Ken Walker: "Thanks for identification suggestions from both Ross Field and Peter McQuillan both of whom have written books on Australian butterflies."

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zosterops99

Date

September 19, 2012

Description

Beetle Larva
Identified as Ecnolagria grandis on Bowerbird by Ken Walker: "This is a common darkling beetle is SE Australia (see the ALA distribution map for this species: http://bie.ala.org.au/species/Ecnolagria+grandis ). The two pronged abdominal segments are characteristic! There is also a nice story about the larval feeding habits in this article: http://www.calodema.com/freefiles/247.pdf"

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What

Fungus Gnats and Gall Midges Superfamily Sciaroidea

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zosterops99

Date

August 4, 2013

Description

Diptera Larva?

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zosterops99

Date

July 8, 2013

Description

Tiny Pseudoscorpion
Identified as Austrochthonius on Bowerbird by Ken Walker: "Hi Zosterops -- Dr Mark Harvey from the Western Australian Museum has provided an identification to your image. I noted that you have placed this great record in the "Insects" Projects. Can I ask you to please join the "Arachnids" Project and then edit the record and add it to the Arachnids Project? That would be great. Best wishes Ken"

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Planthoppers Superfamily Fulgoroidea

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zosterops99

Date

July 7, 2013

Description

Cixiidae planthopper nymph?

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zosterops99

Date

August 4, 2013

Description

Early Clerid
Identified as Lemidia subaenea on Bowerbird by Justin Bartlett

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