Night life in the foliage

It seems that there is always so much to discover with some magnification at night in Box woodlands. With a bright headlight and some reading glasses I found what seemed to be very strange looking ant, with red blotches of various sizes. The macro lens revealed a very serious infestation of mites affecting this poor lady. She seemed to be feeding normally, taking something from the little gland at the base of the leaves of Golden Wattle (Acacia pycnantha), but was a little slow. I think the ant might be a Golden-flumed Sugar Ant, but would be happy to have a more certain identification.

Ant (Polyrhachis sp) with mite infestation

Ant with mite infestation

Ant (Polyrhachis sp) with mite infestation

Ant with mite infestation feeding on wattle leaf gland

On the same wattle, I found a tiny bug, barely visible with just glasses. I’ve met this one before and the folk at bowerbird.org.au identified it as a Tingid Lacebug (Nethersia sp.)

Tingid Lacebug - Nethersia Sp.

Tingid Lacebug (Nethersia sp.)

Another small inhabitant of the bush that I’d met before was a Sutural Belid Weevil (Rhinotria suturalis). They make a great macrophotography subject as they tend to stay very still. This one was on a Silver Wattle (Acacia dealbata)

Sutural Belid Weevil (Rhinotia sp)

Sutural Belid Weevil

Sutural Belid Weevil (Rhinotia sp)

Sutural Belid Weevil up close

Climbing around on a Long-leafed Box sapling was this tiny translucent bug. I’m not sure of its identity, but it looks a bit like a Mirid Bug nymph to me.

Bug on Long-leafed Box

Unidentified bug

Bug on Long-leafed Box

Unidentified bug

 

7 responses to “Night life in the foliage

  1. Hi Patrick

    I love your macro shots. I have tried emailing before, but not had a response. I am really interested to know what camera, lens etc you use for your macro photography.

    Hoping to hear from you.

    Cheers

    Ian

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

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  2. Please make sure you post these photos on Bowerbird, for Id & record purposes.

    Cheers Joy Hick

    Sent from my iPad

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  3. Helen Schofield

    Great shots of such fantastic creatures – what detail!

  4. Many thanks Patrick. I didn’t know where to look for the reply. I have a Canon 100mm f2.8 macro, but need to get the MP E 65, and maybe the twinlite, funds permitting! Cheers Ian

  5. Wow. Love these photos.

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