Saturday, 11 November 2017

Mainly flowers up our drive

The main expedition covered by this post was a walk up our drive as a reaction to Frances spotting a Diuris sulphurea on her walk this morning.  I didn't find any of them (nor indeed D. pardina which also flowers on the block) but there were a few other pretties.

It is a bit unfortunate to start off with one I can't recognise, but there were an awful lot of this species - and its quite pretty.
 Stylidium armeria (trigger plants) were also in large numbers.
This is definitely a Lomandra sp - my guess is L. filiformis.
 It's unusual to see them flowering in profusion. so I assume this is some sort of reaction to their being little competition due to the fire and the relative warmth plus some rain has done the job.

One of the masses: Xerochrysum viscosum.
This had a bonus insect.  The patterned wings indicate a fruit fly, family Tephritidae.
 This is definitely a Goodenia and the usual species for that is G. hederacea.
 Vittadinia muelleri, with flowers and a seedhead.
Before heading up the block I had noticed this fungus growing in the vegie garden.   In the past I have found this growing in a pile of old mulch: I suspect that it is growing on the remains of an old wooden post.  The name is Phallus indusiatus.
 The sticky brown slime does a good job of attracting flies - there are at least three, of different species in this image - which distribute the spores.
 And back above the lawn the Tawny Frogmouth chicks are growing well.  Note the length of the primary feathers displayed by the RH chick.

 The snaps above were digiscoped from my study.  Getting out on the lawn I was able to get the RH chick and Dad pretending to be broken off branches.
Early in the evening a Fallow deer came to visit!  She bounced away up the bald hill paddock.


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