Continuing with the spider theme, out on the trunks of the eucalypts there are small spiders in the same family as the Redback. Known as Comb-footed Spiders, Cryptachaea veruculata, these are photos of two different individuals.
It’s been a good year for case moths, the first, unidentified, was walking along a stem of the Grevillea asplenifolia, and the second, Metura elongatus, Saunders’ case moth, was high up on the Grevillea Moonlight. This was the first Saunders I’d seen for a long time and was lucky to get it with its head showing. It will grow considerably bigger.
Not in the garden, the lapwings seem to prefer more urban areas nowadays, but just down the road in the town, a group of four were under one of their favourite small shade trees sheltering from the summer sun. I guess most people interested in natural history have sights or sounds that are special to them, one of mine is the sound of Masked Lapwings calling on a moonlight night, it is something that seems to typify being wild and free.
Tomorrow is another year, I wonder what natural history wonders will turn up, time will tell.
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