This Australian Bombardier Beetle, Pheropsophus verticalis was found beneath discarded plastic by the waters edge of an old quarry. This ground beetle possesses a chemical defence – chemicals are fired from the tip of it’s abdomen and combine in a chemical reaction that releases a burst of intense heat,Â smoke, an odd smell and if handling without gloves they will stain your fingers yellow for about a week. Anything looking to snack on this beauty would be left with a singed tongue and a mouthfull of horrible tasting smoke!
This tiny frog, a Common Eastern Froglet, is one of the many creatures I enjoy seeing living on the Central Coast. After rain they can be heard calling from the edges of temporary soaks, sheltering among the fringes of grasses around the waters edge.