Saturday, June 30, 2007

Ice Ice Rusty

I managed to get myself out of bed early enough to encounter Jack Frost last week, and managed to get some happy snaps of his work.
This is a single barb on a rusty old barb wire fence.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Musk Lorikeet

Glossopsitta concinna or the Musk Lorikeet Commonly inhabits open forests and woodlands where it follows the different species of Eucalyptus (Gum trees) as they burst into bloom. The Lorikeet family of Parrots can be distinguished from other parrot families by its bushy tongue that has been specially designed for the retrieval of nectar from gum blossoms.

Saturday, June 16, 2007


Thankyou everyone for your comments and guesses. Yes it is a Thorny Devil, a ant eating specialist from the sandy centre of Australia.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Rose thorn

Well I think its time for another guess the subject post. Its a easy one! Ill reveal the correct answer next post.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Primate killer!

The Sydney Funnel web spider (Atrax robustus) is one fine photography subject! Males are about 5 times more venemous than females! Males venom is tailored for killing primates - a interesting fact considering there are no native primates in Australia!
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Monday, June 04, 2007

Anostostoma australasiae (Giant King Cricket)

I cannot find a lot of information on the web about this not so little dude. But i can tell you that its nippers are the size of my thumb nail and it loves to jump!!! They reach a maximum body length of 7cm... not including legs! I know it does not sound all that big, but get a ruler out, find the 7cm mark and then imagine a cricket with a body length of that!

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Walking Stick

Acrophylla wuelfingi (Walking Stick) - Yet another of Australia's amazing stick insects. This one reaches a amazing body length of 22cm (female excluding legs).
As with the spiny leaf insect, the eggs resemble seed pods and are dropped into the leaf litter below. Check out for more information.

Spiny Leaf Insect

This is another image of the insect pictured below. I guess i just like the way she is peering out between her legs.

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Extatosoma tiaratum

Thanks heaps to my mate Geoff Heard who kindly granted me access to his workplace where I was able to photograph some of Australia's most amazing invert species! Stay posted .. there are more to come! This is the Spiny Leaf Insect of Queensland. When eggs are laid they resemble seed pods which ants mistakingly carry into their nests. When they hatch they imitate the same ant species. They then emerge from the ant nest and assume there place amoungst the eucalyptus vegetation. Check out to see documented life stages.