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.


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.

A move to another location to check on the Showy Podolepis, P. jaceoides, found a number in flower despite the dry conditions, and as usual they were being attended by native bees.


native bee

One of the commonest wildflowers, Pimelia species, don’t seem to attract the number of insects that other plants do, but on this occasion a small butterfly caught my eye. it was holding its wings closed and was photographed thus, but after a while it opened them to the sunshine. The closed wings helped identification, it is Trapezites lutea lutea, the Rare White-spot Skipper, or Yellow Ochre. The dark edged white spot is visible in the first image



Further along the track a patch of Brachyloma daphnoides in flower was attracting lots of larger butterflies, one species nectaring being the Australian Admiral, Vanessa itea.

australian admiral

australian admiral

The yellow flowers seem to be a magnet for all kinds of creatures, for example a tiny casemoth and a small spider that kept ducking around to the other side of the stem to hide from me. Finally though I caught it.



Moths in the Glyphipterigidae family are small day fliers that can be found on wildflowers, they have shining wings and I found two species, this was one.


Click to enlarge.

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