18 December 2013
Spent the morning exploring forest around Wingan River.
I wasn't very successful as one site I wanted to visit was 1.2km from the track and it took me half an hour
to battle through thick scrub to make 200m so that attempt was abandoned.
Forgot to take GPS co-ordinates of another site so went through slightly easy scrub for another km only
to realize I had gone due north rather than north-west and so I just ended up at a poor-quality billabong.
While wading around the river in the late morning I accidentally picked up a hitch-hiker.
It was a dragonfly larva that looked like it might nearly be hatching and I must have accidentally
brushed past the vegetation it was about to emerge from.
I placed it on a log at water level so that it could go either way if it wanted to but the only way was up,
as it crawled a little out of the water and I watched it hatch.
It took about an hour overall before it flew up into the vegetation.
See photos 1
At this site I also saw a couple of Mountain Shutwing
a species not confirmed for Victoria until quite recently.
After dusk that evening I stumbled across two Austrophlebia costalis
larvae emerging from the water, presumably to hatch.
Until last year this was also a species that was not certain for Victoria so I made sure the lizards that were still active did not find these.