Bunyip State Park

29 December 2015

Thanks to Bob Mesibov for identifying the millipede and for Liz O'Donnell with the harvestman. An interesting behaviour I observed was the mating native bees. The female was busy feeding on flowers when the male flew in and swiftly grasped the female. As is known for this genus, the male placed his hairy front legs over the eyes of the female during the entire process. The female continually tried to brush off the obstruction covering her eyes by rubbing her front legs down the eyes but this was in the same direction as the male's hair and she got no grip and therefore had no success. I have heard more complex theories, such as the light through the male's hair forms a particular pattern to subdue her, but it was obvious that the covering over they eyes provided an effective visual obstruction for her that she was trying to brush off in a fashion similar to preening. The entire interaction was timed from photographs starting at 12:10:24 to 12:15:40 (5:16 plus a few seconds before the first photograph and after the last).

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image/jpegbeetle Aporocera erosa Cockatoo151229-2664.jpg i29-Dec-2015 08:37  74.5 KB 800×880
image/jpegbeetle ladybird Coccinella transversalis Cockatoo151229-2670.jpg i29-Dec-2015 08:46  62.2 KB 800×600
image/jpegbee Bunyip151229-2826.jpg i29-Dec-2015 13:08  69.1 KB 800×600
image/jpegbee Bunyip151229-2831.jpg i29-Dec-2015 13:10  67 KB 800×600
image/jpegbee Bunyip151229-2835.jpg i29-Dec-2015 13:11  77.4 KB 800×600
image/jpegbee Bunyip151229-2840.jpg i29-Dec-2015 13:13 127 KB 1040×800
image/jpegbee Bunyip151229-2842.jpg i29-Dec-2015 13:14 119 KB 960×720
image/jpegbee Exoneura sp Bunyip151229-2817.jpg i29-Dec-2015 12:27  62.7 KB 800×600
image/jpegdamselfly Austroagrion watsoni ♂ Gembrook151229-2694.jpg i29-Dec-2015 10:11  90.5 KB 1280×960
image/jpegdragonfly Diplacodes melanopsis ♀ Gembrook151229-2766hq.jpg i29-Dec-2015 11:11 123 KB 1920×1080
image/jpegdragonfly Diplacodes melanopsis ♂ Bunyip151229-2868hq.jpg i29-Dec-2015 14:22 153 KB 1920×1080
image/jpegdragonfly Diplacodes melanopsis ♂ Bunyip151229-2879.jpg i29-Dec-2015 14:35  70.9 KB 960×720
image/jpegdragonfly Diplacodes melanopsis ♂ Gembrook151229-2713.jpg i29-Dec-2015 11:51  81.5 KB 1200×800
image/jpegdragonfly Diplacodes melanopsis ♂ Gembrook151229-2731.jpg i29-Dec-2015 10:57  68.5 KB 880×640
image/jpegdragonfly Eusynthemis guttata ♀ Bunyip151229-2900.jpg i29-Dec-2015 15:06  84.5 KB 960×720
image/jpegdragonfly Eusynthemis guttata ♀ Bunyip151229-2904.jpg i29-Dec-2015 15:07 177 KB 1200×1600
image/jpegfly (Dolichopodidae) Gembrook151229-2937.jpg i29-Dec-2015 16:50  68.7 KB 800×600
image/jpegharvestman (Triaenonychidae) Gembrook151229-2921.jpg i29-Dec-2015 16:16 165 KB 960×720
image/jpegKoala Gembrook151229-2674.jpg i29-Dec-2015 09:24 106 KB 640×720
image/jpeglongicorn-beetle Gembrook151229-2956.jpg i29-Dec-2015 17:20  68.8 KB 800×600
image/jpeglongicorn-beetle Gembrook151229-2960.jpg i29-Dec-2015 17:22 109 KB 1024×768
image/jpegmantis Orthodera ministralis Bunyip151229-2882.jpg i29-Dec-2015 14:37  52 KB 800×600
image/jpegmillipede Isocladosoma sp Gembrook151229-2930.jpg i29-Dec-2015 16:29 114 KB 800×600
image/jpegnemertean Gembrook151229-2918.jpg i29-Dec-2015 16:15  83.3 KB 800×600
image/jpegnemertean Gembrook151229-2923.jpg i29-Dec-2015 16:17  59.7 KB 800×600
image/jpegnemertean Gembrook151229-2927.jpg i29-Dec-2015 16:18  75.3 KB 800×600
image/jpegrobber-fly Bunyip151229-2851.jpg i29-Dec-2015 13:33  64.8 KB 800×600
image/jpegrobber-fly Bunyip151229-2853.jpg i29-Dec-2015 13:41  55.8 KB 800×600
image/jpegspider Araneus bradleyi Gembrook151229-2707.jpg i29-Dec-2015 10:22  43.4 KB 960×720
image/jpegspider Supunna picta Bunyip151229-2891.jpg i29-Dec-2015 14:53 103 KB 800×600
image/jpegwasp (Crabronidae) Bunyip151229-2889.jpg i29-Dec-2015 14:51  83.2 KB 800×600

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