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    Post by Joy on Fri 16 Oct 2009, 9:52 pm

    Many useful, & non-useful, insects come to our small back patio. Am quite pleased when I happen upon them while I have camera in hand.

    A very useful insect is the the ladybird beetle. There are many, many different types of them in Australia. Do not know the name of this one but it is indeed a very attractive one. It was very tiny.



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    Post by Joy on Fri 16 Oct 2009, 10:06 pm

    Do believe this is one of the huge numbers of Australian native bees, most of which are solitary with many being non-stingers.

    This one spent quite a bit of time checking out these fuchsia flowers.

    Hanging on to a stamen.



    Here it is hovering. It is less than 10mm long.



    Supping on a stamen.

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    Post by Joy on Fri 16 Oct 2009, 10:12 pm

    Some more pics. This was a very tiny creature.

    Hovering again.



    Checking out another stamen,



    Landed. Has very long legs & a blue & black banded abdomen.

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    Post by Joy on Fri 13 Nov 2009, 5:30 pm

    There is usually a very welcome hoverfly checking many of our back patio plants each day. The hover fly is a good pollinator & its larvae prey on pest insects such as aphids.



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    Post by Joy on Thu 10 Mar 2011, 3:21 pm

    Saw this little helper on one of our hibiscus schizopetalus plants. Do hope this wonderful ladybird beetle will scoff many aphids. That is if it can find some. Haven't noticed any but that may be because there are terrific little insects, like this one, patrolling our back patio plants. :smile: :clap:

    This one is spotted whereas the previous one further up is striped.

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    Post by Joy on Sat 14 Jan 2012, 2:32 pm

    Spotted a very tiny ladybird beetle this morning. It was, again, on a hibiscus schizopetalus plant. The leaf it was on was less than 4 & 1/2cms long & it looks enormous compared to the ladybird. Didn't measure the ladybird as I thought that might scare it off. Did want it to hang around. :yes:

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    Post by Joy on Sat 14 Jan 2012, 2:34 pm

    A couple of close ups.



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    Post by Guest on Tue 24 Jan 2012, 6:17 am

    Thank you Joy for sharing your interesting Hover Fly and Ladybird beetle, you got some cool shots :D
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    Post by Joy on Tue 24 Jan 2012, 8:38 am

    Thanks, Justy. :D We seem to have developed our own microclimate, on both patios, & this has attracted some very useful critters. The other day there were several hoverflies visiting & checking for aphid etc. Thanks to all these busy creatures we seem to be aphid free with no signs of them on the roses or the crossandra. :bravo:
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    Post by Joy on Sat 28 Jan 2012, 3:20 pm

    A cicada resting on one of our hibiscus schizopetalus plants. It is a Black Prince so Bruiser tells me.

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    Post by Joy on Sat 28 Jan 2012, 3:23 pm

    Its head is about 2cms or 3/4in across & it is 6cms or 2 & 1/2ins in length. It stayed here all day.

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    Post by Joy on Sun 19 Oct 2014, 2:46 pm

    A very large (about 10cms or 4ins) locust or grasshopper lounging in the sun. Hope it doesn't eat my plants!!
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    Post by granny on Thu 23 Oct 2014, 4:44 am

    :wow:  Cute if it doesn't bother the plants!  Maybe it will just lay in the sun and get a tan then move on. ;)
    Great picture!!
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    Post by Joy on Thu 23 Oct 2014, 10:06 am

    It did look a bit lazy, Granny, but these critters are notorious leaf gobblers.  :mad2: :mad: :angry: :cranky: :whack!: Was able to get it over to the banana trees where it can munch as much as it likes. It was the spikes on its back legs which gave me the heebyjeebies when I picked it up.  :o
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    Post by granny on Sat 25 Oct 2014, 4:58 am

    :laugh:  Great ideal!  It should live very happy on the banana bush.  Big leaves to munch on.  You were brave to move it.
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    Post by Joy on Sat 25 Oct 2014, 3:39 pm

    Yes, was a bit wary of the spikes on its hind legs, Granny, when I picked it up, but did give it a bit of a rugby kick to get it into the banana tree from the lawn, where it first landed, after I threw it.  :laugh:
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    Post by granny on Sun 02 Nov 2014, 4:21 am

    :lol2: You are so funny Joy!!  I would have loved to seem that rugby kick!  :lol3:
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    Post by Joy on Sun 02 Nov 2014, 5:36 am

    Was wearing crocs too, Granny!!  :laugh: 

    We will possibly be seeing Kim & Rick late this afternoon or definitely tomorrow as we will be heading to Goulburn after the conference has finished.  :cool4:
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    Post by granny on Thu 06 Nov 2014, 5:46 am

    :thankyou: So much Joy for the pictures in Goulburn.  What a great trip!!  I can't wait to see all your pictures.   :smile: So glad it was a safe trip.  Put your feet up and rest a few days!
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    Post by Joy on Thu 06 Nov 2014, 9:28 am

    Thanks Granny.  :smile: Wish I could put my feet up but have been doing laundry non-stop since we arrived home yesterday arvo.  :lol2: All done now but there is still the shopping to do plus trawling through all the pics I took.  :sheesh:   :lol3:
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    Post by granny on Fri 07 Nov 2014, 3:24 am

    :hi:  I can wait on the pictures!  Relax and think about what a great trip it was!  ( :lol3: will be good for me to learn patience.)  I appreciate so much your taking the camera.
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    Post by Joy on Fri 07 Nov 2014, 6:38 am

    Thanks Granny, shall get there eventually.  :smile:  Have to go to Ballina to do some shopping this morning so another day used up. Have already sorted out some 'wheat from the chaff' with the pics but there is plenty more to do. Several, relatively, free days ahead will sort that out.  :good:
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    Post by granny on Sat 08 Nov 2014, 6:20 am

    :smile:  Hope you had a great trip shopping!  It is good to have food back in the house after a trip.
    Enjoy your day!!
          
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    Post by Joy on Sat 08 Nov 2014, 7:28 am

    The big treat for us, Granny, is to have lunch down at the Riverfront Kiosk (with a huge hokeypokey flavoured ice cream) after the shopping has been put away.  :cool4:
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    Post by granny on Mon 10 Nov 2014, 3:55 am

    :lol2: Eating out is great!  But tell me about this hokeypokey ice cream. I don't think we have it here.  It sure sound good!
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