Golden Ant Renovates
Polyrhachis worker ant carries debris out of a crack in a fence post. Oxley Creek, QLD.
Ant-mimic Jumping Spider
Very shiny ant-mimic spider seems to mimic rattle ants. Oxley Creek, QLD.
Eulophidae sp. wasp on the flower of a cobbler's peg. Oxley Creek, QLD.
Pollen covered beetle sips dew drops from a rose petal. Kyogle, NSW.
Flower beetles feed on nectar in a gumnut flower. Mt Coot-tha,QLD.
Beetle Has a Crappy Day
Red and black (not an assassin) bug nymph has a delightful beetle lunch on a spotted gum tree. Mt Coot-tha, QLD.
Beautiful metallic green Halictid bee does laps round and round the centre of this bramble rose, occaisionally rolling around like a cat in catnip. Kyogle, NSW.
Thrips on Daisy
Thrips doing whatever thrips do in the heart of a white daisy. Gayndah, QLD.
Homalictus Bee In Thistle
Tiny metallic bee collects pollen on a thistle flower. She is packing the pollen under her abdomen rather than on her legs.
Parasite wasp (Callibracon sp.) puts an egg in a gall. Oxley Creek, QLD.
One male gall wasp sneaks up behind another while he waits for a female to emerge from the gall. Woodgate, Qld.
Male Gall Wasps II
Two male gall wasps explore either side of a leaf gall. They are competing over emerging females and are careful to keep away from each other. Woodgate, Qld.
Male Gall Wasps
Big wingless wasp, aka Velvet Ant (Mutillidae) is very shy. She will stay like this until she thinks it's safe to proceed. Woodgate, Qld.
Black Anthrax Fly
Black fly bee mimic is camoflaged on bitumen. Woodgate, Qld.
Tiny worker and sorts the trash from the sand around her nest. Woodgate, Qld.
Baby caterpillar navigates the vast hills and valleys of my hand. Woodgate, Qld.
String of Babies
Tiny, newly hatched caterpillars gethered on silk, photographed on my hand. Woodgate, Qld.
Butterfly Baby VI
The adult version of the butterfly babies! I think she has a hole in her wing. Woodgate, Qld.
Butterfly Baby V
Same ants (Technomyrmex), tiny baby. Woodgate, Qld.
Butterfly Baby III
Worker ants (Technomyrmex) tend another butterfly baby. Same Tree. Woodgate, Qld.
Butterfly Baby II
Technomyrmex ants tend another butterfly baby on the same tree. Woodgate, Qld.
Portrait of a planthopper. Woodgate, Qld.
The larval stage of a parasitic wasp that preys on leafhoppers. Woodgate, Qld.
Butterfly Baby IV
Giant butterfly baby tended by the same ants (Technomyrmex) while she devours a leaf. Woodgate, Qld.
Butterfly Baby I
Ant (Technomyrmex) tends to her growing butterfly baby. Bonus points for spotting the photobomb. Woodgate, Qld.
A tiny hole in this house near the tip (right) indicates this moth may have become prey to a parasite. Woodgate, Qld.
A springtail (Collembola) on the messy remains of a leaf. Woodgate, Qld.
Shiny Green Bug III
Profile of a shiny green bug on a gum leaf. Woodgate, Qld.
Shiny Green Bug II
Closeup of shiny green bug on a gum leaf. Woodgate, Qld.
Shiny Green Bug
Shiny green bug instar on a gum leaf. Woodgate, Qld.
Auzzie mozzie does not care if her dinner plate is covered in sand and dirt! Woodgate, Qld.
Small Acacia Case Moth II
The way these case moths costruct houses amazes me every time I see one. This one has been devouring gum leaves. Woodgate, Qld.
Small Acacia Case Moth I
Apparently you can tell which species a case moth is by how they construct their homes. I don't have that knowledge but I love them just the same! Woodgate, Qld.
Polka Dot Spider
Green spotted spider on a tree trunk. Springbrook, Qld.
Old Man Bee
This old bee stopped for a short break on the sandy soil. Woodgate, Qld.
Tiny green metallic homalictus bee gathers pollen from a portulaca flower. Woodgate, Qld.
Nest In A Gall
Monomorium sydneyense worker at the nest entrance in a gall on a gum tree. Woodgate, Qld.
Hopper Nymph, Adult and Exuvia
Two life cycle stages of a flatid planthopper. An early instar on the left and the adult form on the right. The white exuvia near the adult is the mouted exoskeleton of the nymph form. Woodgate, Qld.
Portrait of a jewel beetle, Diadoxus erythrurus. She appears to have fuzzy eyeballs! Woodgate, Qld.
Portrait of a jewel beetle, Diadoxus erythrurus. Woodgate, Qld.
Portrait of a small mantis. Anstead, Qld.
Coreid Bug Nymph
A closeup portrait of a Ceoreid bug. It seems to have a waxy coating that's been rubbed off in places. Anstead, Qld.
Doli Ant on Bark
A dolichoderus ant on the bark of a tree. Anstead, Qld.
Little beetle larva clings to the tip of a leaf. It's possibly about to pupate. Anstead, Qld.
Spotty and lumpy little grub clings to the tip of a leaf it's been feeding on. Anstead, Qld.
Cardiocondyla worker ants foraging on an extrafloral nectary on a leaf. Broadwater, Qld.