The best part about this time of year (in Australia) is that Spring is arriving. Which means all of my beloved buggy friends are returning. It’s been a lonesome winter here by the beach. Besides being busy with a new baby, the time that I have been able to go and look for insects has been limited and anticlimactic.
But today I saw new life starting all around me. The bees were practically swarming the newly blossomed mock orange bush. (Please pardon the photo quality, I’m still getting used to my new macro and getting these guys to sit still for a darn second.)
I also got a real treat today when the mock orange was also visited by…Glasswing butterflies!!! So exciting to see in person!
Then along one leaf on the mock orange, I noticed a mating pair of insects that I couldn’t identify. And I’ll be darned if I didn’t realize later that they were actually cockroaches. Now, before you go getting all up in arms and thinking I’m a filthy bugger, cockroaches in Australia aren’t indicative of unhygienic surroundings like the stigma they have in the States. There are certain species that are native and some that are introduced and known as pests. But believe me, it’s really common to see different types everywhere you go. I’m not sure exactly what species these two are, but since we don’t have a problem with them in the house at all, I’ll let them live.
And last but not least, today I noticed numerous Red eye bug nymphs (both newly winged and pre-winged) underneath the tree in our backyard. (I’ll figure out the type of tree later). I tried to get a picture of the younger nymph without its wings fully developed but they were apparently in a hurry somewhere and I couldn’t get them to hold still. I did manage to get a quick snap of the winged one on my arm. If you remember, I did a post on the Red eye bug before, which you can read HERE.