Creatures in close up #2.

I’ve probably put up enough photos of hoverflies, but perhaps one more, this one was pictured trying to clean its eye, rather unsuccessfully, with a pollen coated leg.

hoverfly

One more native bee too, this one collecting pollen from Chocolate Lily flowers.

bee

Growing in amongst the lilies were sundews, this fly came to a sticky end.

sundew

I’ve been regularly visiting a rocky hillside in the foothills waiting for a rather special plant to flower. It will be some time yet, but there have been other subjects for the camera, small moths for example like this Philobota arabella, the larvae of which feed on leaf litter.

philobota

There is quite a bit of a sedge species growing on the rocky slope, and of course there are sedge moths, very small but quite striking like Glyphipterix cometophora.

glyphipterix

At the moment in the grasslands and hills craneflies are in numbers, taking the opportunity to start producing the next generation.

craneflies

Odonata are making an appearance, species seen include Yellow-striped Hunter, Wandering Percher, Common Flatwing, Common Bluetail, Blue Skimmer, and Blue-spotted Hawker, one of which landed in front of me some distance from water.

blue-spotted hawker

Click to enlarge.

Creatures in close up #1.

At the moment my photographic focus is on wildflowers and small creatures often found with the former. Consequently the macro lens is getting lots of work and there will be several posts with this emphasis. The Painted Swift Spider, Supunna picta is often seen in the front verandah, this one was hunting on the tiles with some success.

swift spider


swift spider

Jumping spiders are intriguing little creatures, here are two, one on the brick wall of the house, and one superbly camouflaged for its habitat on the forest floor.

jumping spider


jumping spider

And to finish the arachnid theme for now, a small spider that has been lurking on the paper daisies for days, ready to leap on one of the many insects that also frequent the colourful flowers.

spider

And one of those insects is a small fruit fly in the Tephritidae family, there are always several feeding on the centres of the daisies.

fruit fly

Dolichopodid or Long-legged flies can be bright with metallic colours. This one was rather elusive, visiting a flower and then hiding down below where I eventually photographed it.

dolichopodid fly

To be continued, click to enlarge.

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