Saturday, 18 March 2017

Common Brown Butterfly and a Syrphid Fly Laying Eggs in an Ants Nest


This beautiful little fly is Microdon amabilis, one of the Hover flies of the family Syrphidae.  It's very small, probably under 10mm. It can be seen ovipositing (egg laying) in and around an ants nest in the rotten timber of an old wooden bench in my backyard. The ants are Carpenter ants, Camponotus gasseri. The ants  seem a little uncomfortable about the flies presence. Not surprising given the larvae of  genus Microdon  will actually live within the ant nest feeding on the larvae and pupae of their ant hosts.

(Syrphid Fly Laying Eggs in Ants Nest (Microdon amabilis) - Click the play button )

Next up is the Common Brown butterfly,  Heteronympha merope. In Tasmania it is on the wing from late November through to March. The larvae feed on Kangaroo grass and other native grasses. The Tasmanian Common Browns are of the subspecies, salazar. Hopefully I will get better footage in the future but in the mean time I will add this to my Tasmanian butterfly playlist. Click here to see the playlist

( Common Brown Butterfly (Heteronympha merope salazar) - Click the play button )

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Saturday, 11 March 2017

Tiger Snake Rolling in the Grass (Notechis scutatus)


This is the Tiger Snake  (Notechis scutatus). I think it has just recently shed it's skin. You can still see of few small patches of old skin and the snake is writhing and rolling  about as if to try and remove the last pieces. Vikingtimbo, if you are watching, do you have any thoughts on that?  For the record, this snake was not filmed 'in the wild' but rather, in a large enclosure at a wildlife park at Bicheno. I've had them turn up in my backyard from time to time and even got some photos but I have not yet managed to get video of a wild tiger snake.

(  Tiger Snake  (Notechis scutatus) - Click the play button )



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