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Central Coast Walk

The clouds rolled in late in the afternoon trapping a bit of warmth yesterdays sun, making for what seemed to be a good night out bushwalking. A few hours of trundling with head torch light, yielded a variety of frogs, spiders and other inverts. Not seen, but heard were also the distant thump of 2 swamp wallabies, and the squeeks of a bandicoot.

A quick overview of the bulk of the highlights from that walk, captions are brief because its 3am and I should probably get some sleep.

striped-marshfrog
Striped Marsh Frog, Limnodynastes peronii
dragonfly_emerging
Dragonfly Emerging, transitioning from aquatic nymph about to get its wings.
frog_uperoleia-sp
Frog, Uperolei sp
spider_feeding
Spider, feeding on insect caught in web
huntsman
Huntsman
huntsman_underside
Huntsman, sporting patches of blue and red beneath
spittle-bug
Spittle bug beneath a defensive layer of bubbles
mantis_grooming
Mantis grooming
mantis-head
Mantis – head detail feat pseudo pupils
frog3_uperoleia-sp
Frog, Uperoleia sp
huntsman2
Huntsman
leaf-curling-spider
Leaf-curling Spider, Araneus dimidiata
perons-tree-frog_litoria-pe
Peron’s Tree Frog, Litoria peronii
dwarf-tree-frog_litoria-fal
Eastern Dwarf Tree Frog , Litoria fallax – Calling
huntsman3
Huntsman
wolf-spider
Wolf Spider
frog4
Frog
roach-with-ootheca
Roach carrying egg case
spider4
Enjoyed the finer detail of this orb weaver
spider4_crop
more detail
sundew1
Sundew with flower
sundew1b
Sundew leaf detail – sticky globules for ensnaring prey, small insects
sundew1c
Sundew – flower detail
water-scorpions
Water Scorpions, mating?
phasmid
Phasmid!
phasmids
Phasmids!
weevil
A tiny Weevil
ants-tending-lerps
Ants tending scale insects farming them for honeydew
caterpillar
Caterpillar
caterpillar-b
A closer look at their spikey defences
huntsman4
Huntsman – feeding, loved the iridescence of their mandibles
marbled-scorpion
An actual scorpion, Marbled Scorpion
spider2
Metallic Spider, with prey
fishing-spider
Fishing Spider