Two new volumes of the Moths of Victoria series have been published, MOV 2 Second Edition, and MOV 6, Hepialidae and Allies. Essential references for the moth-er and available from the Entomological Society of Victoria.
I remember the first time I saw and admired the Pale Vanilla Lily, Arthropodium milleflorum. I soon had one in the garden, and now, more than five decades later I have a couple more, planted for the native bees. The small flowers, seen in close up are quite stunning in their beauty.
That sandy soil has scattered conical depressions, this year there are again quite a number of ant lions in residence. While checking them out I noticed defoliation on the fresh foliage of a River Bottlebrush, Callistemon sieberi. A minute’s investigation revealed the culprits, a species of Psychid or case moth. The homes of these larvae are always interesting and can be quite attractive. Matching the cases to the adult moths is in many instances still something of a puzzle.
Grasshopper time is with us and these insects make very interesting pictures, this Mimetic Gumleaf Grasshopper, Goniaea opomaloides with its striking blue tibia was photographed on a recent visit to the bush block looking for Small Duck Orchids, Paracaleana minor.
The orchids were just starting to flower but were hard to find due to their diminutive size, the dry weather is probably to blame. The one photographed seems to have been used by a small spider as somewhere to place its Christmas decorations.
Another reason for visiting the bush block was to search for peacock jumping spiders. On a hot windy day I was unsuccessful, only snapping one black species, but I’ve got lots of spider pictures for the next post.
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