Another trip to the river to get some sharper photos of the native bee, Leioproctus cristatus, using manual settings for camera and flash, and for over an hour there was no sign of the little creatures. There were plenty of other photo opportunities though, the banks of persicaria attracted many other insects and I was busy in the interim. Damselflies were wafting around, I missed a nice Bronze Needle but as usual the Common Flatwings were much more cooperative, this male was showing wear and tear at the close of the season.
The reaction times of insects can be remarkable. Mitch of the Woolenook Native Nursery told me of trying to photograph an insect on a leaf, but every frame showed just the leaf. He then discovered that the click of the camera was enough to put the insect to flight and out of the frame, it then returned immediately to its previous position. On this occasion I had an identical experience while photographing a small beetle. A small fly was also resting on the leaf near the beetle, and two of my shots showed the startled fly in the air.
A small movement at the water’s edge claimed my attention and camera focus, I usually see Litoria lesueuri on the rocky Avon River, but here it was on a gravelly section of the flood plain Macalister. Shortly after photographing it my feet slipped on the slippery bank and I briefly joined it for a sit down in the water, camera held high out of harm’s way….
Autumn is the time of the leaf-curling spider, and all the insect life around the persicaria would have given this one a constant supply of nourishment. With legs monitoring the web strands for movement it had just moved out in response to a slight vibration.
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