MEET IMPORTANT LOCALS
FEBRUARY 20, 2022
MARCH 6, 2022
APRIL 30, 2022
The complexity of Box-Ironbark forest is evident throughout the year. We focused on the bark and leaves of various eucalypts for species identification. Top right - Yellow Box (Eucalyptus Melliodora) has roughly fibrous/finely tessellated bark at the base, to smooth, variably patterned upper trunk & limbs.
Long-leaf Box or Bundy
NOVEMBER 26, 2022
Blue Pincushion - Brunonia australis
Murnong/Yam Daisy - Microseris lanceolata
Dampieria - Dampiera stricta
Common Wedge-pea - Gompholobium huegelii
Button Everlasting - Coronidium scorpioides
Also seen were: Chocolate lily - Arthropodium strictum; Dianellia - Dianella revoluta; Longhorn moth (genus, not sure of the species) were also seen, along with Common Brown Butterfly, Forester moth - Pollanisus viridipulverulenta, Net-winged Beetle, Chequered beetle (genus, not sure of the species)
Long-tailed Pea-blue Butterfly
Moonlight Jewel Butterfly
Botany Bay Weevil
Two-spotted Line-blue Butterfly
MARCH 25, 2023
Musk Lorikeet - Glossopsitta concinna. These beautiful birds are endemic to south eastern Australia.
These amazing little constructions are made by the
nymphs of some type of tube spittlebug.
This is home!
Mushrooms - probably a type of Inkcap
The eggs of a Katydid
The egg sac of a Jewel Spider
JUNE 10, 2023
Wonderful diversity of fungi are found with careful looking. We have noticed a correlation between the health of the environment (greater diversity and abundance of locally-appropriate species) and the diversity and abundance of fungi. The relationships are innumerable and complex.
Fungus commonly known as White Punk (Laetiporus portentosus), usually growing on Eucalypts, often high up the trunk. Used as a fire carrier/tinder by Indigenous people in many areas.
Last season's fruiting bodies/seed capsules from a Sun Orchid. These have dried, split open to release seed, and remained standing.
A Nodding Greenhood, in earlier stages of flower formation.
The immature fruit of Exocarpus Cupressiformis, commonly known as Cherry Ballart, Bush Cashew or Ballee. The darker green upper part will swell and turn red, with the seed remaining on the outside. Fantastic habitat for owls and others.
One of the many Bitter Pea (Daviesia) species of the area. Daviesia