A little late for nymphs?

Although the number of arthropods visible around our place at Strangways has dropped significantly as the cooler weather moves in, there are still some insects around by both night and day. And a profusion of spiders. I have been quite surprised to encounter a few nymphs in the last week. It seems a little late in the season for young ones.

By day I have encountered a lone Coreid bug (Eucalypt Tip-wilter Bug) nymph on a Grey Box sapling, as well as an adult Acacia Horned Treehopper on Silver Wattle with retinue of attendant ants. The ants declined to be included in the photo shoot.

Eucalyptus Tip-wilter Bug_17-03-31_1

Coreid Bug nymph

Acacia Horned Treehopper (Sextius virescens)

Acacia Horned Treehopper, pretending to be a thorn.

Slender Bee Flies are still taking advantage of the afternoon sun and the second-flowering Shiny Everlastings.

Slender Bee Fly

Slender Bee Fly

By night I found a sole Treehopper nymph, again with attending ants. I suspect this one will moult into another Acacia Horned Treehopper.

Treehopper nymph

Treehopper nymph on Golden Wattle

Also by night I found what I think is a Lauxaniid fly sheltering on a Long-leafed Box leaf and a wasp hiding in Silver Wattle foliage for the evening.

Lauxaniid fly?

Lauxaniid Fly?



Wasp on Silver Wattle

Amongst the many spiders hunting in the bush at present, I found this small gem under a Grey Box leaf. It’s only small, but the pattern of the eyes, the splayed out legs and lack of web make me wonder if it’s a very young Huntsman.


Spider on Grey Box

5 responses to “A little late for nymphs?

  1. Loving all these insect photos Patrck, especially the (what looks like a big-lipped and puckering up) wasp and the gorgeously marked spider. 🙂

  2. Hi Geoff and Patrick

    Beautiful macro shots Patrick. What set-up do you use for your macro photography?



    Ian Temby Wildlife Management Consulting M: 0425 730 129 E: iantemby@hotmail.com LinkedIn


    • Patrick Kavanagh

      Thanks all!
      Ian, these were taken with a Canon 7D mark II and the Canon MP-E65 lens (although I often use the Canon 100MM F2.8 macro, non-IS) and the MT 24 EX twin macro flash with home made diffusers. Until recently I was either using a 430 EX II flash with a home made diffuser/director or Yongnuo ring flash with home made diffusers. Hard to go past the MT 24 EX for light though!

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