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ellurasanctuary

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Março 28, 2020

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Another unusual/strange apparition, this time attracted to porch light, with the darker shot taken where found on cement sheet (still with post processing lighting bumped up).
I & the camera have bumped up the lighting to the wazzoo to highlight the lines/patterns/colours. Otherwise it would just appear like a black moth, not very diagnostic
While not actually black, it's very dark.
As such, several similar shots showing different perspectives; lighting, wing placement & focus. One shot is taken on the work light I use on my camera table as a poor-man's strobe ;-)
I've often found these can be quite illuminating, here it shows the level of forewing & hindwing overlap.
These are all of the same specimen.
I'd say it's quite worn, with a lot of missing scales over the wing. The hindwings are also damaged/missing pieces at the posterior.
A Funeral Moth (Horisme mortuata)
28mm wingspan

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ellurasanctuary

Data

Março 30, 2020

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We've been finding some strange moths lately.
This one was sitting on the annex during the day. It seems pretty fresh except for the damaged wing tip.
I've hunted through hundreds of images, and this id seems to fit best, but to be honest I'm not confident as they vary so widely.
Scalloped Bark Moth (Boarmia phloeopa)
30mm wingspan

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ellurasanctuary

Data

Fevereiro 15, 2020

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This is Geoff Williams sighting & photo's, near Rhynie SA. He found it dead on his roof. (To be clear, a different Geoff Williams to the NSW scientist)
Mark @rhytiphora said it was quite a nice feshly dead specimen.
Thanks John Smyth for bringing it to our attention :-)
I thought it was a Fiddler Beetle (Eupoecila australasiae) until Mark raised the issue they aren't native to SA and was most likely Chlorobapta frontalis.

These can vary significantly. As such some of the green/blue marks can be missing, larger or a different colour. The face colour can be missing. Mark says they have distinct local variations. This matches the Adelaide patterns closely.

It is probably best to match the shapes of the beetle (body, head, legs, etc) rather than colours, but that's difficult.

Ventrally, notice how the leg thighs have the large yellow patches and are otherwise black. Very different to Fiddler Beetles which have "plain" reddish legs.

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ellurasanctuary

Data

Março 27, 2020

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Completely the wrong location, semi-arid SA. Normally I'm happy with finding Victorian species here, but this generally being a coastal NSW species, seems unlikely.
But seems a good match visually?
Has orange hind wings, but I can't get a top shot. It refuses to sit still long enough. I'll have to wait for another specimen to be more relaxed.
Has the orange tip on the abdomen.
Antennae are very finely pectinate.
@dhobern @vicfazio3 @petermarriott @reiner

Here's Reiner's Vic record.
https://inaturalist.ala.org.au/observations/8487886

http://v3.boldsystems.org/index.php/Taxbrowser_Taxonpage?taxon=Halone&searchTax=
http://v3.boldsystems.org/index.php/Taxbrowser_Taxonpage?taxid=270991

There are 2 records of Halone consolatrix in SA in the bold bins, so on location, this would be the choice. But doesn't look right. Halones do seem variable though.
http://v3.boldsystems.org/index.php/Public_SearchTerms?query=%22Halone%20consolatrix%22[tax]
http://www.boldsystems.org/index.php/Public_BarcodeCluster?clusteruri=BOLD:ACT4453

https://inaturalist.ala.org.au/taxa/450999-Halone-consolatrix/browse_photos

http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au/arct/sinuata.html
vs
http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au/arct/consolatrix.html
The ventral view seems wrong for H. consolatrix as well as the dorsal.

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ellurasanctuary

Data

Março 21, 2020

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Yellow Bristle Fly (Leskiini sp)
Thought it was a Senostoma sp

Not the same specimen as previous, but posted to show the bright yellow colours. The 2nd shot also shows the long proboscis, which is normally folded up; discounting Prosena which are closely related and look similar but their proboscis doesn't fold up jutting out permenantly.

Here's our "normal" sandfly
Sand Fly (Senostoma sp ES1)
www.ellura.info/Insect/Fly/DSC08944E-Sand-Fly-Senostoma.html

Here's the other sightings of what we think are the same species, but different genders. We didn't capture, nor measure, this one:
https://inaturalist.ala.org.au/observations/40553271
https://inaturalist.ala.org.au/observations/40553360

Fotos / Sons

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ellurasanctuary

Data

Março 10, 2020

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~8mm long
Yellow Bristle Fly (Leskiini sp)
Thought it was a Senostoma sp

These have quite translucent abdomens and are bright yellow in the sunlight.
Crosskeys indicates that most Tachinid's have smooth arista, except for Senostoma which have plumose arista. In the last shot you can see this.

This was taken one day after our previous sighting.

Here's our "normal" sandfly
Sand Fly (Senostoma sp ES1)
www.ellura.info/Insect/Fly/DSC08944E-Sand-Fly-Senostoma.html

Here's the other sightings of what we think are the same species, but different genders. This one was the smaller of the 1st one we captured:
https://inaturalist.ala.org.au/observations/40553271
https://inaturalist.ala.org.au/observations/40554248

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ellurasanctuary

Data

Março 9, 2020

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~10mm long
Yellow Bristle Fly (Leskiini sp)
Thought it was a Senostoma sp

These have quite translucent abdomens and are bright yellow in the sunlight.
Crosskeys indicates that most Tachinid's have smooth arista, except for Senostoma which have plumose arista. I've set up an arrow in the 3rd shot to show it here.

Here's our "normal" sandfly
Sand Fly (Senostoma sp ES1)
www.ellura.info/Insect/Fly/DSC08944E-Sand-Fly-Senostoma.html

Here's the other sightings of what we think are the same species, but different genders. This is larger than the 2nd sighting:
https://inaturalist.ala.org.au/observations/40553360
https://inaturalist.ala.org.au/observations/40554248

Fotos / Sons

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ellurasanctuary

Data

Outubro 21, 2019

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(Algures...)

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Scotia Bush (Eremophila scoparia)
The most magnificent stand of Scotia Bush we've ever seen. There were 10's of bushes like this in one area
www.ellura.info/Shrub.html#Eremophila-scoparia

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ellurasanctuary

Data

Outubro 20, 2019

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(Algures...)

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Thick-leaf Emubush (Eremophila crassifolia)

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ellurasanctuary

Data

Outubro 20, 2019

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(Algures...)

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Woolly Ray-flower (Grammosolen dixonii)

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ellurasanctuary

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Outubro 14, 2019

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(Algures...)

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Satiny Bluebush (Maireana georgei)

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ellurasanctuary

Data

Março 21, 2020

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Green Parasitic Blowfly (Amenia sp)

Attracted to Dryland Tea-tree (Melaleuca lanceolata) flowers

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ellurasanctuary

Data

Março 21, 2020

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Saltbush Blue (Theclinesthes serpentatus) showing both normal pale colouring, but also chocolate brown shades in when out of the sun-light
www.ellura.info/Insect/Butterfly/DSC08047E-Saltbush-Blue-Theclinesthes-serpentatus.html

Attracted to Dryland Tea-tree (Melaleuca lanceolata) flowers

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ellurasanctuary

Data

Março 21, 2020

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Mottled Grass-skipper (Anisynta cynone) showing iridescence in the sun similar to Gossamer Winged Butterflies
Attracted to Dryland Tea-tree (Melaleuca lanceolata) flowers
www.ellura.info/Plant/Myrtle/DSC08589E-Dryland-Tea-tree-Melaleuca-lanceolata.html

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ellurasanctuary

Data

Março 20, 2020

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Mottled Grass-skipper (Anisynta cynone)
Found on flowering Dryland Tea tree (Melaleuca lanceolata)
www.ellura.info/Plant/Myrtle/DSC08589E-Dryland-Tea-tree-Melaleuca-lanceolata.html

Fotos / Sons

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ellurasanctuary

Data

Março 15, 2020

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This year we found this dead specimen which looks like a Male Flower Chafer (Diaphonia dispar)
The markings are slightly different to the other on here though. And I'm not sure the face is the same. Seems to have some small spurs not visible on the other sighting. As well as a lack of face hair (but that's possible due to being dead?).
I've added a photo of the antennae, they are tucked up underneath.
You can see how the eyes are emarginate here. Thought one was damaged until I realised both are the same.
So I'm not sure on this one.
www.ellura.info/Insect/Beetle/DSC04587E-Flower-Chafer-Diaphonia-dispar.html
Other male sighting:
https://inaturalist.ala.org.au/observations/36890950

Fotos / Sons

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ellurasanctuary

Data

Março 5, 2019

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Mark id'ed a dead one of these for us before. It does have slightly different (additional) marking. I still think this is the same species, but alive this time.
Female Flower Chafer (Diaphonia dispar)
www.ellura.info/Insect/Beetle/DSC04587E-Flower-Chafer-Diaphonia-dispar.html

Fotos / Sons

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ellurasanctuary

Data

Outubro 19, 2019

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(Algures...)

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Having first seen this some 25 years ago, I photographed a simple experiment showing how these transform.
One piece (thallus) of Resurrection Lichen (Xanthoparmelia semiviridis)
that was then soaked in water for 10 minutes.

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ellurasanctuary

Data

Março 26, 2014

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Showing the very rare apothecium (fruiting body)

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ellurasanctuary

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Outubro 19, 2019

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Notice the fewer, thick veins, compared with Spine Bush (Acacia nyssophylla).
The yellowing is just because it was in drought, not a diagnostic of the species.
Here's the similar Spine Bush (Acacia nyssophylla)
https://inaturalist.ala.org.au/observations/40209089

Fotos / Sons

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ellurasanctuary

Data

Março 13, 2020

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Lobed Bluebush (Maireana lobiflora)

@knicolson Kym;
You'll be interested in these two ob's, within 1 metre of each other,
https://inaturalist.ala.org.au/observations/40219445
based on our previous discussion.
https://inaturalist.ala.org.au/observations/38352271
We thought they were the same species, with a number of others in a small region that we didn't photograph.
BUT closer inspection makes me wonder if they are or they are just at different stages/ages of growth.
The plant habit looks slightly different.
M. lanosa
Given how unusual these are, I'd be very surprised if they are different species in such close proximity.

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ellurasanctuary

Data

Março 13, 2020

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Lobed Bluebush (Maireana lobiflora)

@knicolson Kym;
You'll be interested in these two ob's, within 1 metre of each other,
https://inaturalist.ala.org.au/observations/40219447
based on our previous discussion.
https://inaturalist.ala.org.au/observations/38352271
We thought they were the same species, with a number of others in a small region that we didn't photograph.
BUT closer inspection makes me wonder if they are or they are just at different stages/ages of growth.
The plant habit looks slightly different.
M. lanosa?
Given how unusual these are, I'd be very surprised if they are different species in such close proximity.

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ellurasanctuary

Data

Março 13, 2020

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Fleshy Saltbush (Rhagodia crassifolia)
Hmm, the database won't accept it or any valid synonyms.
www.ellura.info/Plant/Saltbush/DSC06289E-Fleshy-Saltbush-Rhagodia-crassifolia.html

Fotos / Sons

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ellurasanctuary

Data

Março 13, 2020

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Sticky Goodenia (Goodenia varia)

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ellurasanctuary

Data

Março 13, 2020

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Woody Desert Senna (Senna artemisioides ssp petiolaris)

Fotos / Sons

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ellurasanctuary

Data

Março 13, 2020

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Woolly-fruit Bluebush (Eriochiton-sclerolaenoides)

Fotos / Sons

Square

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ellurasanctuary

Data

Março 13, 2020

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Resurrection Lichen (Xanthoparmelia semiviridis)

Fotos / Sons

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ellurasanctuary

Data

Março 13, 2020

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Stiff Western Rosemary (Westringia rigida)

Fotos / Sons

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ellurasanctuary

Data

Março 13, 2020

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Woolly New Holland Daisy (Vittadinia gracilis)

Fotos / Sons

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ellurasanctuary

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Março 13, 2020

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Pimelea Daisy-bush (Olearia pimeleoides)

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