Tag Archives: dragonfly

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

Difference between Damselfly and Dragonfly

13 Nov

If you’d have asked me a few years ago what this was, I would have instantly said a dragonfly.  I now know the difference but I can understand how most people can get confused.

I found this beautiful specimen just hanging around in my neglected, but tomato-rific, garden.

Damselfly

Damselfly

Dragonfly

Dragonfly

So, what makes a Damselfly and what makes a Dragonfly?

Let’s first start with the similarities and the main reasons for the confusion.

They both have:

Big eyes

Long abdomen

Four wings

Both are from the insect order Odonata

And that’s about as far as most people get.  But if you’re an uber-nerd like me, you’ll quickly notice that a dragonfly’s thorax (where the front wings attach) is quite broad compared to the damsel.

The eyes of a damselfly also protrude off the sides of the head, whereas the dragonfly’s are flatter on the head and meet.

When resting, as you can see on the above pictures, the damselfly rests its wings together along/above its body.  The dragonfly will always have them straight out.

Both the dragonfly and damselfly have antennae although they are not easy to see.

So, think you can tell the difference between the two now?

Damselfly Fact:

Did you know that the damselfly is incapable of walking because of the position of its legs?