An Evening Walk on the Central Coast (Jan 2014

This adult Lace Wing was an encouraging find, in their immature form, lacewings are predators of other insects, some speceis form mounds to trap ants that slip in - sometimes assisted by flicks of sand launched their direction. Other lacewing larvae may be free roaming and wait in ambush with their jaws. Either way, they indicate that insect prey is present! This species lays their eggs in a horse shoe pattern on little stalks.
This adult Lace Wing was an encouraging find, in their immature form, lacewings are predators of other insects, some speceis form mounds to trap ants that slip in – sometimes assisted by flicks of sand launched their direction. Other lacewing larvae may be free roaming and wait in ambush with their jaws. Either way, they indicate that insect prey is present! This species lays their eggs in a horse shoe pattern on little stalks.
After dusk, we found this Golden Crowned Snake, Cacophis squamulosus, they are nocturnal, and have a pinkish peach coloured belly which can sometimes have them falsely identified as another local snake, the Red-Bellied Black Snake.
After dusk, we found this Golden Crowned Snake, Cacophis squamulosus, they are nocturnal, and have a pinkish peach coloured belly which can sometimes have them falsely identified as another local snake, the Red-Bellied Black Snake.
A close up of the head detail which gives them their namesake common name:
A close up of the head detail which gives them their namesake common name:

Under some breaking down plant material, we found a Three-toed Skink

Under some breaking down plant material, we found a Three-toed Skink

A Garden Orb Weaving Spider, with a small specoes of Longicorn Beetle ensnared in the web. Seems there is more invertebrate prey available to fuel lizards, we should head back again during the day to search for large skinks and dragons.
A Garden Orb Weaving Spider, with a small specoes of Longicorn Beetle ensnared in the web. Seems there is more invertebrate prey available to fuel lizards, we should head back again during the day to search for large skinks and dragons.

Another invert, a juicy Cicada emerging having drunk sap from the roots of the surrounding trees.

Another invert, a juicy Cicada emerging having drunk sap from the roots of the surrounding trees.

On the walk back, we found evidence of other species in the area, a freshly Dead On Road (DOR) Blackish Blind Snake, Ramphotyphlops nigrescens

On the walk back, we found evidence of other species in the area, a freshly Dead On Road (DOR) Blackish Blind Snake, Ramphotyphlops nigrescens

Both of snakes these appeared to have been in good condition leading up to their abrupt deaths.

And a long-DOR Red-bellied Black Snake, Pseudechis porphyriacus
And a long-DOR Red-bellied Black Snake, Pseudechis porphyriacus

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