This Diamond Python at Ingleside was looking for a way to get up into winter quarters in the ceiling cavity. Eventually it found a way up a tree next to the house and into the gutter. It then moved along the gutter until it found a gap between the corrugated iron roofing and the fascia board and slithered in. Sleep tight, python ... See MoreSee Less
Did it plan that ahead or was it trial and error??
Thursday April 4th, 2019
Young Pale Brown Hawk Moth caterpillar, as green as its Native Grape food plant for the first weeks of its life. The eye spots are behind the head on the left side. They enlarge when the caterpillar is disturbed. Size and colour comparison - very young and mature caterpillar. The nocturnal moth is very fast flying, a pollinator if flowers with a long tongue. ... See MoreSee Less
Caterpillar of the Pale Brown Hawk Moth, Theretra latreillii. This one is fully grown, about 6cm long, feeding on Native Grape. The head is on the right side, the white streak is a closed "eye" spot: the spike at the rear end perhaps is part of its camouflage. See next post to see how this caterpillar changes as it grows. See more: lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au/sphi/latreillii.html... See MoreSee Less
I’m watching you! (Luckily I’m too big to eat). This female Preying Mantis is ready to lay eggs having eaten lots of prey insects etc -alive. A great garden ally. #insects #wildlife #gardening #biodiversity ... See MoreSee Less
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A Netcasting Spider, seen from the back. This spider's hunting method is to wait patiently with a rectangular web held between its first two pairs of legs. It has excellent vision. When prey comes near, it is captured in the web as the spider leaps. This one in North Avalon is in a Lomandra plant. They like to lurk plants with strappy leaves, including Cymbidium orchids. Colour can vary, be grey or rufous. Spiders are always ready to escape, so net building spiders wait head down, able to drop to safety with a thread from the spinnerets in the abdomen. ... See MoreSee Less
Cleanup Australia Day. Careel Bay mangroves and saltmarsh now looking better thanks to our clean up site with 10 helpers at end of William St Avalon. Gillian May with her prize find. For some a first visit to this lovely area of Pittwater. ... See MoreSee Less