22 April 2012
Initially I had planned to return to Goodnight Scrub and then on to Bunya Mountains the next day
but the forecast was cooling off so I made a dash for the mountains a day early.
First stop was however a park and
river walk along the Burnett River in Mundubbera
It was a foggy morning but not too cool, which meant the flying insects were active enough
to see take flight but they weren't too keen to do much of that.
First highlight was a new dragonfly species for me:
Emerald Hemicordulia intermedia
At first I didn't have my macro lens with me so I had to dash back to the car
and then I was wondering why I was having trouble focussing until I realized the lens was fogging up!
Fortunately the insect sat patiently for me.
Next highlight was a large, yellow butterfly resting with its wings open, even though its just a Common
Lime Butterfly Papilio demoleus
By lunchtime I made it to Bunya Mountains National Park and,
although the temperature would have barely reached 20°C in the elevated rainforest,
I still saw numerous dragonflies (of two species).
One of these was new to me: the
Forest Needle Synlestes selysi
The lower half of their eyes is pale blue but this is highlighted under flash photography.
I also saw another dragonfly that's new to me but I only saw the one female
and I was not able to get a good photo.
Its probably either Eusynthemis aurolineata
or E. rentziana
One thing I noticed as I walked along the rainforest tracks was an unpleasant odur wafted my way occasionally.
I thought this smell may have been caused by decaying Bunya cones or some other rotting vegetation until I encountered
this fungus Phallus multicolor
(related to Phallus indusiatus
This is one of those that exude an odour to attract blow-flies for pollination
and as such is generally unpleasant to us humans.
It has quite and interesting construction with a yellow-orange head
(fully visible in this photo as the flies have removed most of the grey-brown spore slime)
and a pale-colored, skeletal skirt.