Still a mystery to me While invertebrates are a bit harder to find in the middle of winter, there are still some to be found by night. One night, the tiny midges on tiny webs between twigs on wattles and eucalypts were again out in force. I’ve posted these before and not yet had light shed on their identity or lifestyle. Who are they and what are they doing?
Spiders and not-spiders I am always surprised at the abundance of small and very, very small spiders in our bush in winter. Little luminous green Crab Spiders (Cetratus rubropunctatus) dangle in the dark, but as soon as my light hits them, they scramble up to a leaf to hide.
Crab Spider – Cetratus rubropunctatus
A small flower spider (Eriophora) also relies on camouflage in the night.
And some that I thought were spiders turn out to be Harvestmen. Many thanks to the knowledgeable people at bowerbird.org.au for their help here. Harvestmen look like spiders, but have only two eyes and can eat solids. The first I found on a Golden Wattle.
Not a spider – Harvestman #1
The second was under a termite riddled log.
Expected and unexpected Notoncus ants are quite common nocturnal foragers on our wattles by night.
But I have never seen an Acacia Horned Treehopper in winter. And I was fascinated by the tiny mite that crawled across the branch of the Golden Wattle and onto the Treehopper’s forehead.
Acacia Horned Treehopper and very little friend.
And dangling from silk threads on a Sweet Bursaria were quite a few Looping Caterpillars. I think this one is a Chlenias moth.
And a very sleepy bat Yesterday I went to don my overalls yesterday, I found this sweet little bat in deep sleep in them. I took a few shots before gently relocating it to a crevice in the bark of one of our Grey Box trees. I think it’s a Chocolate Wattled Bat, but am happy to be corrected.
Bat and overalls