5 October 2014
Nothing of note for my first stop so my second was to visit a swamp near where I had seen
(Pink Fairies) previously, but always too late in the season.
Although I was perhaps a week too late for their peak, it turned out they were still in good flower.
I had visited this site only once previously several years ago
early on in my Hemiphlebia mirabilis
At that time the swamp was completely dry and I didn't expect much if any water on this occasion.
There did turn out to be a fair amount of water, which meant I couldn't actually get to where I wanted to go
so I just stalked around the edge in my gumboots
Most of this area contained dense Triglochin aff. procera
(water-ribbons) in 20–30cm of water
but more than that, there were numerous long-legged flies (Dolichopodidae
) and ladybird beetles.
As it turned out, the ladybirds took some effort to identify but were eventually confirmed as
, a species last recorded in
and with only four specimens having ever been collected.
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With one of my last emails I was able to provide some late information before
I ran out of credit and was in internet darkness for almost a week
so by the time I was back online the unknown insect had been positively identified.
Interestingly, the two previous locations it was known from was Narbethong and Kallista, quite close to my home.
Needless to say this was a new species for me. :)
At the time I didn't know this was a rare Coccinellidae
but as it was new to me I at least took enough photos.
I didn't count or survey them properly but estimate I saw in the order of 40–50 individuals (no mating).
Perhaps other people have seen them too and either not noted them or
didn't have the right contacts to be able to identify them (myself included).
These days I try to photograph everything, particularly things that are relatively easy to identify, like lady beetles.
We shall see if they pop up more often now...
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