Neon Cuckoo Bee (Thyreus nitidulus)
A beautiful roosting neon cuckoo bee (Thyreus nitidulus)!
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Boxer mantis (Paraoxypilus tasmaniensis)
First instar boxer mantis nymphs, reared from the eggs of a collected adult.
Robber fly (Asilidae)
These guys were out in force around Byron Bay during January of 2017. Many were found roosting on low branches and twigs at night and seen actively hunting prey during the day or mating. This individual was roosting at night.
Fig wasp parasitoid, Sycoscapter sp. 1
Body length of ~3mm
Blue-banded Bee (Amegilla cingulata)
Our new king
Cane toads have long been an issue in Australia. It is sad now that when walking through remnant rainforest at night I no longer hear the plopping of beautiful green tree frogs but rather the frantic scampering of cane toads. Their ubiquety and grand success makes them the new king of the Amphibians, confident in their usurped role.
These cicadas were observed moulting on the base of Macadamia trees in an orchard in the early evening/very late afternoon.
A queen and her court - Taken during a shoot with Tim Heard for his new book
Cuckoo wasp (Primeuchroeus sp.)
Shot with my 10x microscope objective
Clearwing Swallowtail (Cressida cressida) Female
Reflected while on a branch over some water
From the UQ insect collection, individual is 11mm long.
collected by K. Simper in Brisbane, QLD. 12/11/1969
Teddy Bear Bee
Tiny Eulophidae wasp sp. 1
Featured in 24th September NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC daily dozen!
Mud-dauber Wasp, Sceliphron laetum
Pupating Common Crow Butterfly Sequence
So I spent my whole road trip south looking for any native bees. No success for two weeks! Until the second last day when my friend said... "What's that in your hair?"
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