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Insects

Tasmanian Order Odonata Dragonflies

Order Odonata - Dragonflies and Damselflies

White Rush Moth Tipanaea patulella

Tipanaea patulella - White Rush Moth

Blue metallic flea beetle Altica corrusc

Altica sp. - Blue Metallic Flea Beetle

Plague Soldier Beetle

Plague Soldier Beetle - Chauliognathus sp.

Chauliognathus lugubris

Predatory on small insects, adults also feed on pollen and nectar. Spring to Autumn. 

Source:

Daley, E. 2007. Wings: an introduction to Tasmania's winged insects p.30 

iNaturalist: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/191564063

 

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A native cockroach - Platyzosteria sp. 

 

Often found under wood. Image shows with an ootheca (egg case) attached.

Source: Museum Victoria Website

Ichneumonid Wasp - Echthromorpha sp.

Ichneumonid Wasp - Echthromorpha sp.

There are around 2000 species in Australia Some female ichneumonid wasps have a very long ovipositor (a tube-like structure for laying eggs) which is used to reach insect larvae such as wood grubs which burrow in bark and wood.

Source: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/155120007

https://australian.museum/learn/animals/insects/ichneumonid-wasps/

Bristle Fly - Tachinidae family being eaten by a Crab spider.

Bristle Fly - Tachinidae family being eaten by a Crab spider.

Source: Daley, E. 2007. Wings: an introduction to Tasmania's winged insects p.128

Tasmanian Dung Beetle on Wallaby scats

Dung Beetle - Subfamily Scarabaeinae.

In January these were found in the front yard on wallaby scats. These fiesty beetles zoom across the grass towards the scats with great excitement!

Source: Daley, E. 2007. Wings: an introduction to Tasmania's winged insects p.128

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Snout and Bark Beetles

This beetle was spotted in early December and was very still as I was photographing it. After a time, it went to shelter under some leaves.

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Longhorn Beetles - Family Cerambycidae 

This beautiful beetle was found in January almost dead and entangled in a spider's web on our veranda. 

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Flat-faced Longhorn Beetles - Subfamily Lamiinae 

During November, I found this beetle on a Eucalyptus stump with a resupinate fungus. Perhaps it was more interested in the other tiny food sources (lerps) onsite? 

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Wingless Grasshopper - Phaulacridium vittatum 

Observed in March in our front yard.

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Lesser Meadow Katydids - Genus Conocephalus

 

Observed in early March on reeds, most have a lifecycle that lasts around one year. They eat leaves, flowers, pollen, nectar and small invertebrates.

Source: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/191570448

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