South Gippsland

4 December 2015

At Adams Creek NCR I visited the swamp wetlands, which isn't actually that nice as its full of rotting vegetation. At home now I looks at the satellite view and saw there was what appears to be a dam that I missed not far from the car park down another track. I did also see a Bembix wasp at the wetlands (appearing to drink) but was not able to get close for decent photos.

The best place of the day however was Drumslemara Bushland Reserve in Middle Tarwin. This features what appears to be excellent remnant heath but the flowering Leptospermum continentale (Prickly Teatree) along the track were just swarming with insects, including many jewel beetles (if not many species thereof). I've always wanted to visit this in springtime for wildflowers, including orchids, but haven't got the timing right yet.

Later, at Bald Hills Wetland Reserve I saw my first Rodolia cardinalis ladybird beetle. It appeared like it may have been feeding on the casing of a hatching mealy bug tended by ants, which also occasionally inspected the ladybird but didn't bother it too much.

Thanks to Tamara Leitch for identifying the Dampiera, Brett Smith for the Histerid beetle, Graeme Cocks for the pintail, Ken Harris for a couple of plants and Martin Lagerwey for the leaf beetle and eggs.

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image/jpegant Myrmecia pilosula Tarwin151204-8858.jpg i04-Dec-2015 17:43  59 KB 800×600
image/jpegbeetle (Histeridae) Tarwin151204-8778.jpg i04-Dec-2015 16:38  50.2 KB 800×600
image/jpegbeetle (Histeridae) Tarwin151204-8786.jpg i04-Dec-2015 16:40  52.2 KB 800×600
image/jpegbeetle Diphucephala sp Tarwin151204-8850.jpg i04-Dec-2015 17:39  86.6 KB 800×600
image/jpegbeetle ladybird Rodolia cardinalis BaldHills151204-8929.jpg i04-Dec-2015 19:45  78.2 KB 880×720
image/jpegbeetle ladybird Rodolia cardinalis BaldHills151204-8931.jpg i04-Dec-2015 19:45  82.4 KB 880×720
image/jpegbeetle ladybird Rodolia cardinalis BaldHills151204-8932.jpg i04-Dec-2015 19:46  51.6 KB 800×600
image/jpegbeetle ladybird Rodolia cardinalis BaldHills151204-8936.jpg i04-Dec-2015 19:46  68.7 KB 880×640
image/jpegbeetle ladybird Rodolia cardinalis BaldHills151204-8938.jpg i04-Dec-2015 19:47  93 KB 1024×720
image/jpegbeetle ladybird Rodolia cardinalis BaldHills151204-8940.jpg i04-Dec-2015 19:47  89.2 KB 880×720
image/jpegbeetle longicorn Stenoderus suturalis Tarwin151204-8801.jpg i04-Dec-2015 16:52  93.4 KB 800×600
image/jpegbeetle pintail Hoshihananomia leucosticta Tarwin151204-8834.jpg i04-Dec-2015 17:29  61.2 KB 800×600
image/jpegbee Megachile ferox TheBasin151204-8657.jpg i04-Dec-2015 09:57  54.8 KB 800×600
image/jpegbee Megachile ferox TheBasin151204-8659.jpg i04-Dec-2015 09:57  61.3 KB 800×600
image/jpegbee Megachile ferox TheBasin151204-8661.jpg i04-Dec-2015 09:58  61 KB 800×600
image/jpegbird Malurus cyaneus AdamsCrk151104-8668.jpg i04-Dec-2015 13:24  84.4 KB 960×800
image/jpegdragonfly Diplacodes bipunctata ♀ AdamsCrk151104-8690.jpg i04-Dec-2015 14:03  97.2 KB 1200×880
image/jpegflatworm Fletchamia sugdeni BaldHills151204-8954.jpg i04-Dec-2015 20:25 111 KB 800×600
image/jpegflower Dampiera stricta AdamsCrk151104-8736.jpg i04-Dec-2015 14:57  47.1 KB 800×600
image/jpegflower Senecio linearifolius BaldHills151204-8899.jpg i04-Dec-2015 18:53  44.8 KB 800×600
image/jpegflower Senecio sp Tarwin151204-8796.jpg i04-Dec-2015 16:49  62.3 KB 800×600
image/jpegfly Tapeigaster sp BaldHills151204-8924.jpg i04-Dec-2015 19:38  90.4 KB 800×600
image/jpegfly Tapeigaster sp BaldHills151204-8926.jpg i04-Dec-2015 19:38  54.3 KB 800×600
image/jpegfrog Limnodynastes dumerilii TheBasin151204-8666.jpg i04-Dec-2015 10:04 128 KB 800×600
image/jpeghoverfly Melangyna viridiceps Tarwin151204-8797.jpg i04-Dec-2015 16:49  47.5 KB 800×600
image/jpegjewel-beetle Castiarina erythroptera Tarwin151204-8852.jpg i04-Dec-2015 17:40  96.3 KB 800×600
image/jpegjewel-beetle Castiarina erythroptera Tarwin151204-8861.jpg i04-Dec-2015 17:44 114 KB 960×720
image/jpegjewel-beetle Castiarina erythroptera Tarwin151204-8866.jpg i04-Dec-2015 17:46  85.8 KB 800×768
image/jpegjewel-beetle Castiarina octospilota Tarwin151204-8754.jpg i04-Dec-2015 16:25  71.1 KB 800×600
image/jpegjewel-beetle Castiarina octospilota Tarwin151204-8760.jpg i04-Dec-2015 16:26  91.7 KB 960×720
image/jpegjewel-beetle Castiarina octospilota Tarwin151204-8792.jpg i04-Dec-2015 16:45 119 KB 1024×768
image/jpegjewel-beetle Castiarina octospilota Tarwin151204-8890.jpg i04-Dec-2015 18:00  75.1 KB 800×600
image/jpegjewel-beetle Castiarina octospilota Tarwin151204-8894.jpg i04-Dec-2015 18:02  64.3 KB 800×600
image/jpegjewel-beetle Castiarina sexguttata Tarwin151204-8856.jpg i04-Dec-2015 17:42  62.3 KB 800×600
image/jpegjewel-beetle Castiarina sexguttata Tarwin151204-8859.jpg i04-Dec-2015 17:43  58.9 KB 800×600
image/jpegjewel-beetle Castiarina sexplagiata Tarwin151204-8869.jpg i04-Dec-2015 17:47  94.9 KB 880×640
image/jpegjewel-beetle Castiarina sp Tarwin151204-8762.jpg i04-Dec-2015 16:27  88.9 KB 800×600
image/jpegjewel-beetle Castiarina sp Tarwin151204-8865.jpg i04-Dec-2015 17:45  58.4 KB 800×600
image/jpegleaf-beetle eggs Paropsisterna sp BaldHills151204-8950.jpg i04-Dec-2015 19:53  81.7 KB 1200×640
image/jpegleaf-beetle Paropsisterna gloriosa BaldHills151204-8945.jpg i04-Dec-2015 19:51  94.5 KB 800×600
image/jpegleaf-beetle Paropsisterna gloriosa BaldHills151204-8948.jpg i04-Dec-2015 19:51  77 KB 800×600
image/jpegmealy-bug Monophlebulus sp BaldHills151204-8943.jpg i04-Dec-2015 19:49 105 KB 800×600
image/jpegmidge (Chironomidae) BaldHills151204-8921.jpg i04-Dec-2015 19:29  43.9 KB 800×600
image/jpegmidge (Chironomidae) BaldHills151204-8922.jpg i04-Dec-2015 19:30  56.5 KB 800×600
image/jpegsawfly Lophyrotoma sp Tarwin151204-8770.jpg i04-Dec-2015 16:34 114 KB 1024×768
image/jpegsawfly Lophyrotoma sp Tarwin151204-8773.jpg i04-Dec-2015 16:34  71.5 KB 800×600
image/jpegskipper Ocybadistes walkeri sothis TheBasin151204-8648.jpg i04-Dec-2015 09:49  93.7 KB 800×720
image/jpegspider Araneus bradleyi Tarwin151204-8819.jpg i04-Dec-2015 17:13  45.1 KB 880×720
image/jpegwasp Paralastor sp Tarwin151204-8881.jpg i04-Dec-2015 17:56  69.7 KB 800×600
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image/jpegwasp Tarwin151204-8844.jpg i04-Dec-2015 17:37 116 KB 800×600

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