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.
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!
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!
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 http://www.microcosmos.org.uk/Extatosoma%20tiaratum.htm to see documented life stages.