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Bush walk snaps

30 Sep

Today I took the kiddos out for a bush walk to see what goodies we could find.  It seemed at first it was all for naught, but then things picked up speed.

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Casemoth/bagworm caterpillar and case.

We keep points whenever someone spots something, and CJ came out of the gates strong with the Casemoth caterpillar spotting and then…

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Dragonfly

this beautiful dragonfly. The kids got an eye.

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Tree-running Mantid - Ciulfina sp.

Next up we saw this beautiful Tree-running Mantid. I just love how the colour blends with the tree.

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Cicada

We found this cicada moments after spotting an exoskelton. Which my brave girl put on her shirt like a broach.

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Next we found this assassin bug nymph. Such little pieces of artwork.

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Assassin bug nymph

Some of you may have no idea what this next thing is, and I didn’t at first, but this is the secret hideaway of the Spittle bug.

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Spittle bug hideout

The Spittle bug is in the Family Aphrophorid, in the order Hemiptera. (Think Leafhopper) These nymphs form a little cubby of spittle around themselves to protect from predators and dehydration; it is theorized. I see a lot of these in pine trees.

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And lastly, a picture of three happy, bush-walking, insect-hunting kiddos.

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Dragonfly Symbolism

4 Sep
Dragonfly

Dragonfly

So, after seeing a few dragonflies the last few days, I decided to find out what they mean symbolically…I mean, besides that Spring is coming.

A few of the meanings associated with dragonflies are as follows:

-Happiness

-Purity

-Transformation

-Prosperity

-Good luck

-Strength

Dragonflies represent getting beyond self-made limitations to reveal your destiny.  They symbolize change and remind us to not resist it but to go with the flow, like the dragonfly is carried with the wind.

And even if you don’t believe in any of this, how can you deny that holding such a beautiful creature in your hand is at least, maybe, a little good luck?

Seriously big dragonfly

Seriously big dragonfly

Creature catch up

3 Sep

Some of you may have noticed that I had a bit of a hiatus from blogging.  And although it was hard to find the time to post about the things I was seeing, I never stopped taking pictures.  Life can get busy but when you stop seeing the beauty that’s all around you, it’s time to slow down.  So, my apologies for the absence but here are a few pictures to get you caught up.  And remember, although this is an entomology blog, beauty comes in all shapes and sizes.

 

Shield Bug

Shield Bug

Male and female Rhinoceros beetles

Male and female Rhinoceros beetles

Bee on Mock orange bush

Bee on Mock orange bush

 

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Spangled Drongo

Galahs

Male and female Galahs

First ever close up of a crow

First ever close up of a crow

Female Rhino beetle giving my nose a hug

Female Rhino beetle giving my nose a hug

Red-eye bug nymphs

Red-eye bug nymphs

My brave girl holding a Cotton Harlequin bug

My brave girl holding a Cotton Harlequin bug

Seriously big dragonfly

Seriously big dragonfly

Hello out there, there, there…

9 Jan

So, I know, it’s been a while.  Look, I am sooooooo not a fan of bloggers who blog and then don’t, and blog and then don’t.  And I honestly never thought I’d go this long without posting but if you must know, I’m a woman of many, many, many interests-too many, if you ask my husband.  Sometimes, others take precedence and right now I happen to be training for my first (tiny, beginner, don’t get too excited for me) triathlon.  And let me tell you that between three children and swimming, running or cycling 5-6 days a week, (oh yeah, there is all that laundry and cleaning and shopping and sleeping) I just could not have been bothered to sit down and post a darn thing.

But here I am.  Because I’m a glutton for punishment…from myself.  What does that make me?

Anyway, I wanted to share a few pictures I’ve taken over the last few weeks-don’t get too excited, I used the iPhone.  But, now that we here in the Land Down Unda are in summer, there are more and more things to find.  I’ll let you know what everything is but I’ll leave the last picture a mystery for another post.  Any guesses?

Just a hole, right?

Just a hole, right?

Closer...

Closer…

Well, hi there!

Well, hi there!

I’m guessing (well, hoping)  the above is a Trapdoor Spider.  (Yes, they’re as cool as they sound.) He looks a bit different from the ones I’ve seen so I’m not sure if he’s a juvenile or something else altogether.  There is one that looks sort of like this that I found in the US and is named after the singer Neil Young, true story.  How cool would that be? Find a new species and get to name it after something you love!  My find would be something like, Insecta Wineandpickles.  Anyway, I’ll do more on this guy as I find out more.  Stay tuned!

Blue Eyes Damselfly

Blue Eyes Damselfly

Shield/Stink bug.

Shield/Stink bug.

That Shield bug actually fell out of a tree and into the inside lens of my sunglasses.  My friend I was with remarked how insects were even falling out of the trees for me…they know me too well.

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And here’s the mystery insect.  I found this guy near drowning on the side of the kids’ pool.  I wish I had a better picture than this but when he finally came to and started moving, he was quick, and very cooly robotic!  Not smooth movements but a bit punctuated.  His hind legs, as you can see are much longer and when properly standing, sit like a grasshopper’s.  I will tell you this is not related to a grasshopper but I’ll leave the rest up to you to find out…if you can.  Otherwise, look for my post on it.  And yes, I had to ask for help.  I couldn’t figure this guy out, although I did guess the correct type of insect and family.  

So, good luck!  I’ll try to do another post in a couple of days in between reality shows, I mean, naps, no, I mean after my training.  😉