Aberfeldy River

18 March 2017

I was hoping for some uncommon late season dragonfly species there weren't many individuals around any more. In the morning I did however see a male wide-faced darner Dendroaeschna conspersa. It is an uncommon species that is active late in the season and this is the closest to Melbourne that I have seen them. It appears to be displaying an unusual posture but this is normal when mating occurs late in the evening and they separate at night but the female will continue to hold on to the male as a perch for the rest of the night (because she can't see enough to fly to a better place). See this picture for an example.

I also saw these small spiders in the web of a leaf curling spider Phonognatha graeffei. At the time I thought they might have been males thereof but looking up on the internet later, the males look more similar to the females; see arachne.org.au.

Thanks to Ken Harris for identifying the plant and moth and Geoff Walker for the butterfly.

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image/jpegant Myrmecia forficata Aberfeldy170318-3289.jpg i18-Mar-2017 12:47 180 KB 1024×768
image/jpegbeefly Villa sp Aberfeldy170318-3416.jpg i18-Mar-2017 16:45 134 KB 1024×768
image/jpegbutterfly Geitoneura klugii Aberfeldy170318-3448.jpg i18-Mar-2017 20:56 163 KB 1200×880
image/jpegdamselfly Synlestes weyersii ♀ Aberfeldy170318-3382.jpg i18-Mar-2017 15:51  81.2 KB 1024×800
image/jpegdragonfly Austroaeschna unicornis ♀ Aberfeldy170318-3340.jpg i18-Mar-2017 14:31 122 KB 1024×800
image/jpegdragonfly Austroaeschna unicornis ♀ Aberfeldy170318-3368.jpg i18-Mar-2017 15:30 166 KB 880×960
image/jpegdragonfly Dendroaeschna conspersa ♂ Aberfeldy170318-3131.jpg i18-Mar-2017 08:29  96 KB 960×640
image/jpegdragonfly Dendroaeschna conspersa ♂ Aberfeldy170318-3136.jpg i18-Mar-2017 08:31  73.7 KB 1024×880
image/jpegdragonfly Dendroaeschna conspersa ♂ Aberfeldy170318-3146.jpg i18-Mar-2017 08:39  97.5 KB 1024×768
image/jpegfern Cyathea australis Aberfeldy170318-3189.jpg i18-Mar-2017 10:29 239 KB 960×640
image/jpegflower Epilobium sp Aberfeldy170318-3425.jpg i18-Mar-2017 17:05  33.9 KB 800×600
image/jpegflower Epilobium sp Aberfeldy170318-3427.jpg i18-Mar-2017 17:05  24.8 KB 800×600
image/jpegflower weed Cirsium vulgare Aberfeldy170318-3423.jpg i18-Mar-2017 17:02 115 KB 1040×800
image/jpegfrog Litoria lesueuri Aberfeldy170318-3446.jpg i18-Mar-2017 20:53 106 KB 1024×768
image/jpeggrasshopper Coryphistes ruricola Aberfeldy170318-3453.jpg i18-Mar-2017 21:49  93.8 KB 1024×880
image/jpeggrasshopper Gastrimargus musicus Aberfeldy170318-3397.jpg i18-Mar-2017 16:14 293 KB 1760×1280
image/jpeggrasshopper Gastrimargus musicus Aberfeldy170318-3401.jpg i18-Mar-2017 16:15 123 KB 960×880
image/jpegjewel-beetle Castiarina sp Aberfeldy170318-3271.jpg i18-Mar-2017 11:46 165 KB 1024×768
image/jpegjewel-beetle Castiarina sp Aberfeldy170318-3275.jpg i18-Mar-2017 11:48 109 KB 960×720
image/jpeglizard Intellagama lesueurii howittii Aberfeldy170318-3368.jpg i18-Mar-2017 21:03 177 KB 1024×768
image/jpegmoth Spilosoma glatignyi Aberfeldy170318-3436.jpg i18-Mar-2017 20:34  67.3 KB 960×720
image/jpegmoth Spilosoma glatignyi Aberfeldy170318-3440.jpg i18-Mar-2017 20:36  78.1 KB 800×600
image/jpegsnake Notechis scutatus Aberfeldy170318-3238.jpg i18-Mar-2017 11:16 383 KB 1920×1080
image/jpegspider-ant Leptomyrmex erythrocephalus Aberfeldy170318-3294.jpg i18-Mar-2017 12:48 168 KB 1024×768
image/jpegspider Aberfeldy170318-3156.jpg i18-Mar-2017 09:02  62.8 KB 960×720
image/jpegspider Aberfeldy170318-3170.jpg i18-Mar-2017 09:08  47.6 KB 800×600
image/jpegtree Eucalyptus sp Aberfeldy170318-3193.jpg i18-Mar-2017 10:31 128 KB 560×840
image/jpegtree Eucalyptus sp Aberfeldy170318-3197.jpg i18-Mar-2017 10:32 145 KB 840×560

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