Wednesday, 30 September 2015

ANPS gets close to L*ons and into Farrer

All of the group were close to the suburb of Lyons, while Kris, Jo and myself, coming through beautiful downtown Queanbeyan were close to the lions at the circus.

 OK.  Getting to the venue.  Here is the approximate route.
There were many good views to the West ...
 .. and North.

Once out of the worst depredations of the Sparks and Wildfires Service there were masses and masses of flowers.  This shows some Indigofera and Stypandra.
 OK, again, already!  Lets get up a bit closer to the plants.  Stackhousia monogyna was present in vast amounts: enough 'candles' to light up a Liberace concert!
 Leucopogon attenuatus was getting a tad over.
 On the other hand some L. fletcheri was very fresh looking.
Sticking with the white goods Drosera peltata had quite a few flowers.  Some of them were a tad pinker than this.
 Pimelea linifolia.
 Poranthera microphylla
 Stypandra glauca came in two flavours: large serves of the traditional blue ...
 ... and a sample of the new improved white!
 Kunzea parvifolia (plus bonus beetle)
 The beans are coming! The beans are coming!  Pultenaea procumbens leads the charge
 More big clumps: in this case Indigofera australis climbing into an Exocarpos cupressiformis.
The mauve beans were very evident: this is Glycine clandestina: note the brown fuzz on the calyx in the top right corner.
 Hardenbergia violacea is begining to hit its straps: I reckon a tad late.
 A closer view of Indigofera australis.
 Heading into the monocots, there were quite a lot of Thysanotus patersonii.
 This caused me some angst, but Jo correctly picked it as an odd Wurmbea dioica (Early Nancy)
A spider orchid - one of quite a nifty looking colony, although Julie reckoned it was less plants than in the past.
A very small greenhood. In the past I'd have called it Hymenochilus muticus but these days, who knows what it is?
This burl caused some fair amusement.  It was initially called a nose (yep, can see that); I reckoned it looked like a sheep (note the small black eye above); but IMHO the winner was a suggestion of dugong.
 Craspedia variabilis: single plant and ...
 .. lotsa plants.
 It was popular with fruit flies ...

 .. other unknown insects ...
 ... and conventional flies.
 The first insect I snapped on the day was this attractive cockroach on a Eucalyptus blakeleyi.
 A few birds were around.  A curious Red Wattlebird.
 Two Speckled Warblers were feeding close to our lunchtime nosh stop.

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