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Insects

Insects and descriptions for Sportsman Creek Conservation Area

Images of a 25 mm solitary Australian native Resin-dauber Bee. They are called resin bees because they collect resins and gums to build partitions between their brood cells. With over one hundred Australian species they are not aggressive and stingless. Solitary native bees drink nectar directly from the flower and are important pollinators.

Image of a adult Banded Lacewing or Antlion. Body length of 40mm with clear wings and black/brown venation with two clear bands on the hindwings.

These leaf cutting or resin bees live solitary lives boring tunnels in rotting wood to make a nest. This excellent image shows pollen attached to the abdomen of the bee rather than on the legs as commonly seen. They are important pollinators for native plants.

Image courtesy of Wildlife Photographer Tony Belton.

Image of a female Rhinoceros beetle one of the largest of beetles which is distinguishable by not having the large  horn of the males which are used for jousting other males. The giant hand sized larvae live in soil and feed on rotting logs or decaying plant matter. A new species for the Conservation Area.

 

The newly published book “Bush Companion Fauna Species of the Clarence Valley and Northern Rivers, New South Wales” is available to purchase direct from the publisher.

This book contains over 310 “full colour plate” fauna species in 250 “perfect bound” pages with both common and scientific names.

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Price $25 a copy plus postage from Sportsman Creek Press.

Bush Companion Cover

Sportsman Creek Longicorn Beetle image used to underline the seriousness of works by Danish Ceramics artist Inge-Marie Fruelands beetle-inspired products.

 

Longicorn-Beetle1-300x260Longicorn Beetle-inspired Bowl by Inge Marie Fruelunds

Also known as the Hibiscus Harlequin Bug the image on left is of an adult male with metallic blue and red patches. The image on right is a fifth instar Nymph with bright metallic blue colour. They feed mostly on young shoots piercing and sucking the stems of Malvaceae.  Not commonly found in the Conservation Area after hitching a ride in a visiting vehicle.

Cotton Harlequin BugCOtton Harlequin Bug 5th. Instar 

Known for the violin shaped pattern on their backs these attractive and common beetles live in heaths and woodlands. The female Fiddler Beetle lay their eggs in rotting timber or in damp soil under logs. The grubs feed on rotting timber and build cocoons of soil and debris in which they pupate. These beetles are harmless to humans. 

Fiddler BeetleFiddler Beetle

With over fifteen hundred recorded species across Australia and S/E Asia and twenty thousand species worldwide these common beetles are scavengers and feed on both fresh and decaying vegetation. Major predators include birds, rodents, sunspiders and lizards making them an important link within the food chain.

I.D. courtesy of Fiona Brell Interpretive Officer. Australian Museum.

Further reference – http://australianmuseum.net.au/DarklingBeetle

Darkling Beetle

 

 

Belonging to the ground beetle family (Carabidae) with over two thousand five hundred species Australia wide these beetles are carnivorous and hunt on the ground or in trees. Their larvae feed on other insects. When threatened the Bombardier Beetle uses a special gland at its rear to mix together two chemicals, resulting in an explosion with a loud popping noise and an accompanying sizzle of spray and steam with temperatures over 100 degrees Celsius in the gland. Up to 80 explosions may be produced over a four minute period.

I.D. and reference courtesy of Martyn Robinson and Yvette Simpson. Australian Museum.

Further reading: http://australianmuseum.net.au/Bombardier-Beetle/

Bonmardier Beetle  Pheropsophus verticalis

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