Possibly the most interesting sighting is not accompanied by a photograph. I took the small dog out for a short walk about 9pm by which time it was quite dark so I was wearing my headlight to spot;
- (and avoid) any snakes etc which might be wandering about; and
- other less worrisome wildlife.
What follows has benefited considerably from advice by Roger Farrow in correcting identifications! Of course any remaining errors are mine!!
Before getting to photographs of adult insects here is a shot of an insect to come. This may be a very pale specimen of Heliothis punctigera, the tomato grub.
Hammer Films could have made good use of this!
The first hunting ground was a patch of white daisies around the base of a eucalypt tree in our lawn.
Hesperidae) gets included for the great length of proboscis sticking forward into a disc floret.
The next day I got a snap of one after it had extracted its head: the yellow pollen on the scone is most tasteful!
I initially thought these next images are of a March Fly (family Tabanidae). I then thought it was a Hoverfly (family Syrphidae) due to
- the resemblance, particularly lack of wasp-imitating colours of this specimen, to one so identified on an ANPS walk; and
- the similarity of the striped eyes to a European Hoverfly (Eristalinus taeniops)
However Roger identified it as Stomorhina sp a member of the family Calliphioridae (Blowflies and Bluebottles). With this knowledge I find that there is a picture of a member of this genus, with striped eyes in my "Field Guide to Insects in Australia". Duh!
the wiki entry is about a species in North Africa with a useful habit of parasitising locusts.
I then passed by a Helichrysum bracteatum flower on which a bush cricket (Tinzeda albosignata) was performing acrobatics.
sorry, couldn't resist). All I found were a few Fiddle Beetles (Eupoecila australasiae) but they didn't hang about for images, so here is one from a second visit to the daisies!
The large moth is a day-flying moth Nyctemera amica. I have no idea about the smaller one!
Most likely a greenbottle.