Category: Insects

Close up: Gum Leaf Katydid

Gum Leaf Katydid (Torbia viridissima)

Yesterday, as I stepped out to get the mail, I noticed a large green insect on the deck.  It turned out to be a “leaf insect” or Katydid. Initially I took photos with my standard lens, but I soon realised it was an ideal subject for my new macro lens.  The insect kept moving, so I found a thin stick…

A Female Spotted Jezebel Butterfly

Spotted Jezebel (Delias aganippe)

The four days of intense heat have played havoc with the butterfly population.  We saw many around the perimeter of the house, seeking a cooler spot.  Some of them perished in the process. When I took the first of these two photographs, this Spotted Jezebel butterfly was alive.  Unfortunately, we found it dead the next day.  However this gave us the…

Marbled Xenica

Marbled Xenica (Geitoneura Klugii)

For months now, it has puzzled me why so many butterflies hover low to the ground above bark and leaf litter, and in thick grassy areas with no flowers in sight.  I’ve always associated butterflies with flowers.  Thanks to a wonderful book given to me by my sister for Christmas, I can now answer that question, and identify the butterflies…

ARCTIIDAE Caterpillar

Hairy Caterpillar

I found this very hairy caterpillar a week or so ago.  This morning, I thought I might identify the species, but I can’t find an exact match.  My best guess is that it belongs to the ARCTIIDAE family, otherwise known as ‘Woolly Bears’.  In Australia, there are quite a number of ‘Woolly Bears’ so I wasn’t able to pin it down beyond…

Arhodia lasiocamparia Catepillar

Arhodia lasiocamparia

I’m starting to look more closely at leaves, bark and buds in an attempt to work out the precise mix of tree species on our land.  Often it is clear that something has been munching on the leaves and if so, I am beginning to look for caterpillars and larvae.  There are still so many moths and butterflies here –…

Golden Stag Beetle

Golden Stag Beetle (Lucanidae, Lamprima aurata)

Every time we venture into the garden we come across another unusual find – a bird, insect or plant always captures our attention.  This weekend, Richard found a beautifully coloured Golden Stag Beetle.  It has taken me a few days to find out what it was (thank you Google).  I managed to narrow it down to the  Lucanidae family via…