I found this little Scarab beetle the other day. It looks a bit like our usual gold christmas beetle, but slightly different. This one is slightly smaller and has light blotches/spots.
It was a bit tricky to get a good photo of it because it was so shiny....
We don't seem to get as many christmas beetles as we used to.......
We have seen a few of the light green ones recently - they are attracted to the house lights at night.
I hope to see some more this year.
Do you get chrismas beetles?
I was lucky enough to snap this little guy recently. One of the skinks from the Ctenotus species.
I was doing a few errands around town, when I spotted this lovely lizard sunning itself in the gardens behind a shop. (and just happened to have my camera with me) I have seen a couple of these skinks amongst the rocks here, on many occasions.
I hope you enjoyed today's little pic.
Today I have found for you a Lichen Moth. It is in the Tiger Moth family.
As the name suggests, it feeds on lichens. It has striking black and orange patterns on it's wings. Quite a common but beautiful little moth.
These jewel-like bugs are known as Harlequin bugs. Their colours - bright metallic greens, blues and red make them easy to spot on the tree. These bugs suck sap from hibiscus plants and their relatives. Their main native food plant is the Beach Hibiscus (or Cotton Tree). The females (the big red bug on the left) lay clusters of eggs around twigs and guard them until they hatch. If disturbed, they emit a pungent odour. Phew!
Hubby discovered this little guy hopping around in the bathroom this morning. It is a 'Broad-Palmed Rocketfrog' .It is an Australian ground-dwelling tree frog and can be found from mid-Queensland to south of Sydney, NSW.
A very handsome little frog - a creamy fawn colour with black markings.
It gets its name from its long pointed snout.
The Rocket Frog's legs are extremely long and allow them to leap farther than most other frogs of the same size.
And just look at the stiking colours on those legs.
I feel so lucky to see these amazing little amphibians up close.
Today's little beauty is a 'Magpie Moth'.
It is in the Arctiidae family, (Tiger Moths)
It's wings are a dark brown, with a white patterned band accross.
Their abdomens have black and orange rings, the typical Tiger Moth's warning colour pattern.
Today I have found for you a most gorgeous little butterfly - the Zebra Blue. The underside of the wings have exquisitely marked patterns. The top side of the wings are shiny blue-grey.
They are rarely found not far from this shrub (above) - the Plumbago, as its' green caterpillars love to feed on the buds and flowers. This blue plumbago is hanging over our side fence near my veggie garden. It is such a delight to spy a little Zebra Blue flitting around the pretty flowers.
Do you have Zebra's in your garden?
Who is looking at who?
Today I have found for you a Bronze Jumping Spider.
A small spider with excellent eyesight. (notice it's large front pair of eyes). They can turn their head separate from their body to look at objects.
Jumping spiders do not make webs to catch their prey. Instead they hunt by jumping on small insects.
Fascinating to watch.
Sitting out on the verandah with a cool drink yesterday, I noticed that the garden gate didn't look quite right.
On closer inspection, there was a small green tree snake, taking a short cut across the gate .
These shy little snakes are non-venomous, and hunt for frogs and skinks.
Just after I took the photo, it skedaddled off into the hedge......