Garden Wildlife Round up III

It's time to post another collection of pics of our garden guests. On any given day [or night], a plethora of interesting species can be spotted doing their thing around the joint. And it's not always the rarer animals that visit who really grab my attention. The duelling jumping spiders were fascinating, if a little mismatched - and the delicate colours in the katydids eyes are, too me, quite something.

This little battle took place on a boundary marker - check out the camouflage of the spider on the left, it's abdomen virtually disappears against the rusty background. The spiders eventually squared off and inevitably the chap with the least amount of limbs capitulated and beat a hasty retreat before he became his rivals victory meal.

Another species of jumping spider with its meal
Northern Jewel Spider Feeding

I can't say what the Larvae above is going to grow up to be ... I suspect some form of moth. But with so many species of butterfly and moth venturing into our garden it's a herculean task to I.D the adults, let alone their offspring - with time hopefully it will become a little easier...

I'm thinking this is a ladybird larvae?
A large and rather handsome Katydid

Believe it or not this handsome little insect above is a cockroach and I think a native. Native roaches don't tend to pose the same 'pest' threat as the introduced species and come in a variety of shapes, colours and sizes. It seems a shame they are forced to share such an undesirable and emotive name with their less than welcome overseas cousins.

New life in the garden - always good to see
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo Cacatua galerita

With some of our trees in fruit [finally!] we've noticed some new visitors making their presence known by squawking and squabbling at the top of their voices. Probably one of Australia's best known parrots and kept by bird lovers the world over the Sulphur-crested Cockatoo makes a welcome addition to our list of garden guests and hopefully we'll get to see lots more of them.


  1. Hi Crash

    Your roach is Ellipsidion simulans, a diurnal cockroach that certainly could not give the group a bad name. These guys are often found on flowers or flowering grass seed heads during the day. They may actually be involved in the pollination of some flowers.Their bright orange colour probably means that they are distasteful to birds and lizards. They may be involved in mimicry complexes with certain beetles, like the Lycidae.

    Great photo too!

    1. Thanks David, I really appreciate you being so generous with your knowledge and time. It really means a lot to me.

      For my readers [sounds a bit up myself eh? Who says anyone is reading this blog? ... but you know..?!] ... check out Davids Blog here:

      Bunyipco ... if you're into wildlife, you'll be so glad ya did.


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