Category Archives: Insects

Blistered grasshopper

Field ecologist Liam Bolitho has been walking the Larapinta Trail in the Northern Territory and gave me this photo of the stunning blistered grasshopper (Monistria pustulifera), also known as the inland painted grasshopper or blistered pygromorph. It’s gorgeous! The Atlas … Continue reading

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The wattle pig

I avoid common names of critters, if possible, as they tend to change from place to place, whereas the scientific names are fixed (until the taxonomists start having arguments, bless them). But until you get used to them, scientific names … Continue reading

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Neon cuckoo bee

This pretty bee was photographed by my neighbour, Amanda, in her backyard. It’s the neon cuckoo bee, Thyreus notidulus. It’s a native bee, about the same size as the European honey bee, and does sting (Amanda was stung on the … Continue reading

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Miscellaneous moths and mushrooms

Wandering and/or bashing along bush tracks, we often saw life forms of various persuasions. Moths, for example …   … and mushrooms. I took most of the following photos in the Tarkine, a cool temperate rainforest. The others were in … Continue reading

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Here’s lookin’ at you, kid

Summertime is insect and spider time. Most insects zoom or scuttle past fast with little chance of me getting a photo. Wasps are busy couriering paralysed and legless spiders (sometimes larger than they are) to their burrows, so their babies … Continue reading

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Romance among the roses

A couple of posts back, I mentioned the two female Macleay’s spectres (giant spiny stick insects, Extatosoma tiaratum tiaratum) in my rose bush. They’re still there and I enjoy trying to find them every day. I don’t always succeed first … Continue reading

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Another stick insect

Brigitte, who lives not far from me, saw my previous post on MacLeay’s spectre stick insects and sent me this photo, taken in 2005.                                 … Continue reading

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