Readers’ wildlife photos

September 5, 2019 • 7:45 am

Be sure to send in your good wildlife photos; the tank is running a bit low. Today’s photos come from Tony Eales in Australia, whose notes are indented:

I went to my favourite little national park near my house on the first official day of spring in Australia looking for ground orchids to photograph. Seems I’m still a little early for that but the conditions on the day made for some lovely shots of dewdrops on flowers and arthropods.

First is a common native flower of grassy alluvial soils, Australian Milkmaids, Burchardia umbellata.

Next I found a Percher (Diplacodes sp.) Dragonfly, completely inactive in the cool of the morning so covered in dew that at first glance I thought it was a grey seed pod that looked like a dragonfly.

Another native flower that was open everywhere in the park was Hibbertia vestita the Hairy Guinea Flower.

I also found a completely inert crab spider (Lehtinelagia sp.) dangling from a single thread, probably a way to spend the night safe from predators. It made him easy to rest on a leaf for the photo and then leave him suspended where he was.

While searching around for midge orchids I found this tiny little flowering plant which I think is Mitrasacme sp. They seem to be fairly common but so small and hard to notice I can’t find a common name for it.

14 thoughts on “Readers’ wildlife photos

  1. I have a nice little Twitter series and photos of wasps if you are interested. They are still busy. I don’t see where to submit.

    1. Up at the top right corner of the page you will find a link to Jerry’s “Research Interests”; the prof’s email address is revealed on that page.

  2. Here in South Australia, we have many terrestrial orchids flowering. On 29 August I saw Pterostylis sp., Caladenia spp., and several others. Unfortunately my photos were not up to the required standard. I love the photo of the dragon fly! Thank you for sharing.

    1. I’m really going to try and make it a bit of a mission to find terrestrial orchids this year. I really hope to see Caleana ssp. and Caladenia ssp. in the wild.

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