Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Watery Wednesday #20

In the distance, you can just see what we call the Lost World, a remote patch of rainforest.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Today's Flowers # 24

Grevillea buxifolia ssp. buxifolia Grey Spider-flower
HABITAT: Open forest and heath, on sandy soils
FLOWERING: September - November

Saturday, January 24, 2009

ORDER: Odonata
SUBORDER: Anisoptera
(The order Odonata consists of two suborders Anisoptera (dragonflies) and Zygoptera (damselflies)

The adults can be differentiated by the fact that the wings of most dragonflies are held perpendicular to the body when at rest. Whereas the adult damselfly hold their wings along their body.

The larval stages of both the suborders are aquatic and can be distinguished by the placement of the gills. Dragonfly larvae suck water into their abdomen and move it over their internal gills. Damselfly larvae have gills at the end of the body as three appendages.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Watery Wednesday #18

The old boat shed and pier.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Today's flowers #22

Lomatia silaifolia Crinkle Bush
FLOWERING: November - February
HABITAT: Sandy soils, Heath and open forest

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look what I found on me!

Imagine my surprise when I looked down and found this crawling on my pj's last night. At first I thought it was a spider (it was dark!), then I realised it was a gecko. I think this is a southern leaf-tailed gecko.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Watery Wednesday #17

Summer is here and the beaches are full. If you want a break from the crowds, talk to a local.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

I think these are harlequin bugs (possibly nymphs).

Harlequin bugs belong to the Jewel Bug Family (Scutelleridea). One of the distinguishing features of this family, is the large scutellum, which covers (in some species) the entire wing, giving the appearance of single dome.

The scutellum is the third division of the thorax (the middle division of an insect, between the head and abdomen) viewed from above.