South Gippsland

5 December 2015

My first site of the day was Kings Flat Flora Reserve where it turned out most of the interesting insects were in the long grass near the car park! Then along the way to the Prom I stopped where the Leptospermum was flowering and counted six "blue ants" (Diamma bicolor, wingless female wasps). Normally I see these scurrying through the grass, tail raised, and very difficult to photograph; here I could make a study of them, though they were still not ideal subjects, moving from flower to flower and being quite reflective.

Along Cotters Lake Track the woolly tea-tree was flowering well and one bush in particular was crawling with nectar-feeding insects, including some large and attractive flower wasps. Nearby in a drying drain the Paralastor wasps appeared to be seeking water. I took an "overall" photo of an area to try and show how busy it was and caught 10 individuals in one shot.

In the evening I camped near Morwell River Falls where I saw some medium-sized stoneflies with magnificent yellow legs.

Thanks to Tamara Leitch for identifying the butterfly and crayfish (moments before Matt Campbell), Stephen Thorpe for the beetle, Toney Daley for the small fly, Brett Smith for the large fly, Ken Walker for some bees, the stoneflies, longicorn beetle and a wasp and Ken Harris for the brown wasp. Hopefully I haven't missed anyone as it was a busy day with a great variety of subjects.

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image/jpegbeetle (Hydrophilidae) MorwellRiver151205-9335.jpg i05-Dec-2015 19:35  89.7 KB 960×720
image/jpegbeetle ladybird Coccinella undecimpunctata KingsFlat151205-9042.jpg i05-Dec-2015 08:06  97.4 KB 800×600
image/jpegbeetle longicorn Stenoderus suturalis KingsFlat151205-9023.jpg i05-Dec-2015 07:17  99.1 KB 1024×768
image/jpegbeetle longicorn Stenoderus suturalis KingsFlat151205-9025.jpg i05-Dec-2015 07:18  94.6 KB 880×720
image/jpegbee Lasioglossum lanarium ♂ KingsFlat151205-9038.jpg i05-Dec-2015 07:56  66.2 KB 880×640
image/jpegbee Lasioglossum lanarium ♂ MorwellRiver151205-9329.jpg i05-Dec-2015 19:30  67 KB 880×640
image/jpegbee Lasioglossum lanarium ♂ MorwellRiver151205-9333.jpg i05-Dec-2015 19:32  78.4 KB 1024×720
image/jpegbee Lasioglossum lanarium ♂ MorwellRiver151205-9334.jpg i05-Dec-2015 19:33 111 KB 1024×768
image/jpegbee Lasioglossum lanarium ♂ MorwellRiver151205-9340.jpg i05-Dec-2015 19:37  92.8 KB 960×800
image/jpegbee Lasioglossum lanarium ♂ MorwellRiver151205-9344.jpg i05-Dec-2015 19:40  67.3 KB 800×600
image/jpegbee Lasioglossum lanarium ♂ MorwellRiver151205-9345.jpg i05-Dec-2015 19:41 149 KB 1024×1200
image/jpegbee Lasioglossum lanarium ♂ MorwellRiver151205-9346.jpg i05-Dec-2015 19:41  66.5 KB 960×720
image/jpegbee Lasioglossum lanarium ♂ MorwellRiver151205-9348.jpg i05-Dec-2015 19:42  87.7 KB 1024×768
image/jpegbee Lasioglossum sp WilsonsProm151205-9160.jpg i05-Dec-2015 12:20  64.9 KB 800×600
image/jpegbee Lasioglossum sp WilsonsProm151205-9161.jpg i05-Dec-2015 12:21  63.4 KB 800×600
image/jpegbee Lasioglossum sp WilsonsProm151205-9162.jpg i05-Dec-2015 12:21  59.2 KB 800×600
image/jpegbee Leioproctus sp WilsonsProm151205-9134.jpg i05-Dec-2015 11:24  65.5 KB 800×600
image/jpegbee Leioproctus sp WilsonsProm151205-9135.jpg i05-Dec-2015 11:24  71.2 KB 800×600
image/jpegbee Megachile lucidiventris ♂ WilsonsProm151205-9178.jpg i05-Dec-2015 12:35 141 KB 960×720
image/jpegblowfly Chaetophthalmus sp KingsFlat151205-9012.jpg i05-Dec-2015 06:55  95.6 KB 800×600
image/jpegbutterfly Vanessa kershawi KingsFlat151205-8987.jpg i05-Dec-2015 06:25  89.1 KB 960×720
image/jpegcrayfish Euastacus kershawi MorwellRiverFalls151205-9355.jpg i05-Dec-2015 21:14 118 KB 800×600
image/jpegcrayfish Euastacus kershawi MorwellRiverFalls151205-9356.jpg i05-Dec-2015 21:14 125 KB 1120×720
image/jpegdamselfly Austroargiolestes icteromelas ♂ MorwellRiverFalls151205-9291.jpg i05-Dec-2015 17:17 127 KB 1200×800
image/jpegdobsonfly MorwellRiverFalls151205-9363.jpg i05-Dec-2015 21:27  81.2 KB 800×600
image/jpegechidna Tachyglossus aculeatus MorwellRiver151205-9323.jpg i05-Dec-2015 18:34 133 KB 800×600
image/jpegflower FishCreek151205-9060.jpg i05-Dec-2015 08:34  45 KB 960×720
image/jpegflower pea pods Swainsona lessertiifolia WilsonsProm151205-9168.jpg i05-Dec-2015 12:28  78.4 KB 1312×880
image/jpegflower pea Swainsona lessertiifolia WilsonsProm151205-9166.jpg i05-Dec-2015 12:28  70.1 KB 960×880
image/jpegflower weed Euphorbia paralias WilsonsProm151205-9149.jpg i05-Dec-2015 11:47  80.3 KB 800×600
image/jpegflower weed Senecio jacobaea WilsonsProm151205-9185.jpg i05-Dec-2015 13:02 128 KB 800×600
image/jpegfly Dasybasis sp WilsonsProm151205-9212.jpg i05-Dec-2015 13:44 113 KB 960×720
image/jpegfly Eristalinus punctulatus WilsonsProm151205-9125.jpg i05-Dec-2015 11:14  88.4 KB 960×800
image/jpegfly Lenophila achilles KingsFlat151205-9017.jpg i05-Dec-2015 07:08  51.8 KB 800×600
image/jpegfly Lenophila achilles KingsFlat151205-9019.jpg i05-Dec-2015 07:09  52.8 KB 800×600
image/jpegfly Limoniidae sp MorwellRiverFalls151205-9358.jpg i05-Dec-2015 21:15  67.5 KB 800×600
image/jpegfly Limoniidae sp MorwellRiverFalls151205-9359.jpg i05-Dec-2015 21:16  86 KB 800×600
image/jpegfly Urophora stylata ♀ KingsFlat151205-9032.jpg i05-Dec-2015 07:53  63.2 KB 800×600
image/jpegfly Urophora stylata ♂ KingsFlat151205-9028.jpg i05-Dec-2015 07:45  70.9 KB 800×600
image/jpegfrog Litoria ewingi KingsFlat151205-9006.jpg i05-Dec-2015 06:41  81.2 KB 880×640
image/jpeglong-legged-fly (Dolichopodidae) KingsFlat151205-8992.jpg i05-Dec-2015 06:32  74.5 KB 800×600
image/jpegmealy-bug Monophlebulus KingsFlat151205-9004.jpg i05-Dec-2015 06:40  93.4 KB 800×600
image/jpegmidge (Chironomidae) KingsFlat151205-9020.jpg i05-Dec-2015 07:14  58.9 KB 960×720
image/jpegsawfly Lophyrotoma sp ♀ WilsonsProm151205-9146.jpg i05-Dec-2015 11:39 108 KB 1024×768
image/jpegsawfly Lophyrotoma sp ♀ WilsonsProm151205-9147.jpg i05-Dec-2015 11:40 244 KB 1968×1312
image/jpegsawfly Lophyrotoma sp WilsonsProm151205-9217.jpg i05-Dec-2015 13:51  82.2 KB 800×720
image/jpegsawfly Lophyrotoma sp WilsonsProm151205-9218.jpg i05-Dec-2015 13:52  75.4 KB 880×720
image/jpegscene Morwell River 151205-9284.jpg i05-Dec-2015 17:14 143 KB 840×560
image/jpegscene Morwell River Falls 151205-9299.jpg i05-Dec-2015 17:35 129 KB 840×560
image/jpegspider MorwellRiverFalls151205-9351.jpg i05-Dec-2015 20:09 104 KB 800×600
image/jpegspider Tetragnatha sp MorwellRiverFalls151205-9360.jpg i05-Dec-2015 21:19  38.2 KB 800×600
image/jpegstonefly (Gripopterygidae) MorwellRiverFalls151205-9302.jpg i05-Dec-2015 17:53 166 KB 960×720
image/jpegstonefly (Gripopterygidae) MorwellRiverFalls151205-9306.jpg i05-Dec-2015 17:55  65.8 KB 800×600
image/jpegstonefly (Gripopterygidae) MorwellRiverFalls151205-9310.jpg i05-Dec-2015 18:02  67.9 KB 800×600
image/jpegstonefly (Gripopterygidae) MorwellRiverFalls151205-9313.jpg i05-Dec-2015 18:03 101 KB 960×720
image/jpegstonefly larva (Gripopterygidae) MorwellRiverFalls151205-9369.jpg i05-Dec-2015 21:35 110 KB 1024×768
image/jpegwasp (Tiphiidae) WilsonsProm151205-9120.jpg i05-Dec-2015 11:13 150 KB 960×1024
image/jpegwasp (Tiphiidae) WilsonsProm151205-9127.jpg i05-Dec-2015 11:17 139 KB 1200×800
image/jpegwasp (Tiphiidae) WilsonsProm151205-9138.jpg i05-Dec-2015 11:31  93.9 KB 880×640
image/jpegwasp (Tiphiidae) WilsonsProm151205-9140.jpg i05-Dec-2015 11:32 126 KB 1024×768
image/jpegwasp Bembix sp WilsonsProm151205-9211.jpg i05-Dec-2015 13:43  90.5 KB 880×640
image/jpegwasp Diamma bicolor ♀ FishCreek151205-9048.jpg i05-Dec-2015 08:26  94.6 KB 960×720
image/jpegwasp Diamma bicolor ♀ FishCreek151205-9050.jpg i05-Dec-2015 08:29  87.5 KB 960×720
image/jpegwasp Diamma bicolor ♀ FishCreek151205-9052.jpg i05-Dec-2015 08:29 114 KB 960×720
image/jpegwasp Diamma bicolor ♀ FishCreek151205-9057.jpg i05-Dec-2015 08:33 161 KB 1200×880
image/jpegwasp Diamma bicolor ♀ FishCreek151205-9069.jpg i05-Dec-2015 08:44 101 KB 960×720
image/jpegwasp Diamma bicolor ♀ FishCreek151205-9083.jpg i05-Dec-2015 08:51  62.7 KB 800×600
image/jpegwasp Diamma bicolor ♀ KingsFlat151205-8981.jpg i05-Dec-2015 06:18  69.6 KB 800×600
image/jpegwasp Echthromorpha intricatoria FishCreek151205-9063.jpg i05-Dec-2015 08:39  84.4 KB 960×720
image/jpegwasp Netelia producta FishCreek151205-9056.jpg i05-Dec-2015 08:32 110 KB 1200×800
image/jpegwasp Paralastor sp WilsonsProm151205-9110.jpg i05-Dec-2015 11:06 112 KB 960×720
image/jpegwasp Paralastor sp WilsonsProm151205-9116.jpg i05-Dec-2015 11:08 107 KB 960×720

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