Friday, 9 October 2015

Some Carwoola flowers and invertebrates of October

This is a bit of a mixed bag of things that have interested me in the past few days.  They are all more or less signs of Spring - or possibly, given the warm temperatures "Sprummer".

The beans (ie members of the Fabaceae) are well out.   Here is Pultenaea procumbens in close up ...
 .. and a wider view.
 Next I came across one of our patches of Kunzea parvifolia getting its act together.
Brachyloma daphnoides had some blossom instead of the buds it seems to carry for about 10 months.
Back to the beans.  I fond this Daviesia genistifolia hard to get a photo of - and not just because of the spiky leaves.
 Daviesia mimosoides - the archetypal "egg and bacon" shrub - was a bit easier!
Now we move off our block to a patch of asters (aka daisies) on Widgiewa Rd.  Despite this being called Leucochrysum albicans albicans and thus having 3 'white' references  some were pretty yellow.
 Others were white rays and a yellow disc.
 At times the two colour forms seemed to come in a single plant.
 Some had a bonus blowie  ...
 .. while others seemed to be providing material for case moth larvae.
That has got us into invertebrates!    This Heliotrope Moth (Utetheisa pulchelloides) was on an old post on our house.
Some butterflies were finally evident.  The first is a Common Grass-Blue feeding on Ajuga sp.
 A migrant from the inland: Caper White (2 views)

A Hoverfly was flashing its proboscis in the general direction of our pistachio tree.
That tree is just into bud burst for both leaves and flowers so was very attractive to hoverflies and native and European bees.

Sticking with invertebrates, I found these yabby claws up by our dam.  I presume the owner was taking a walk and got nailed by a passing predator.

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