Saturday, February 26, 2011

more little local creatures




here's lookin' at ya ..


 and yer, I know, this one is a bittuva cheat.


(and yep, all images posted without attribution are actually held (full size) on one or other of my (digitally dated) storage systems.)

19 comments:

Jayne said...

Ohhh, very pretty!
That one with the pink wings, is that a type of stick insect?

Davo said...

Um, Jayne .. yep. Was hoping that it was some sort of 'dragon' (my mind works in mysterious ways). Have been trying to 'identify' it via the 'internet' and so far have come up with phasmadora .. podacanthus which a much more fascinating name than "stick insect" .. heh.

Davo said...

oh bugga .. one of these days will learn to type .. Phasmatodea

Davo said...

Though this bit is sort of interesting .. will have to work it into another post
Reproduction

Many female phasmids do not need to mate in order to produce fertile eggs. This form of reproduction is called parthenogenesis and all the eggs produced will hatch into females. If the females do mate with a male before producing eggs, the nymphs (babies) may be male or female.

Anonymous said...

Hi, I occasionally read your blog without commenting... hope that is okay. Since you posted about insects I thought you might enjoy the info on a blog I've discovered:
http://myrmecos.net/
I know you are in Australia but you can still learn a lot about insects in general from blogs like myrmecos.
Best wishes.

Davo said...

Hi Anon, thanks for that link - nice photography (loved the little fluffy ant). Guess that had better take a bit more care with my pics (ie, wear my glasses and not trust the 'autofocus' .. heh)

lemmiwinks said...

Macro mode Davo, macro mode (accompanied by a tiny picture of a flower normally though cameras these days may also just do it automatically when they are close enough to the object.)

Planted a few flowers (perennials) about the place in hopes of attracting birds, bees and butterflies into the garden. Not a raging success, hope for better luck net year. Maybe it takes a while for the word to get around.

Anonymous said...

Oh no, I think your pictures are just great. I only suggested myrmecos for the entertainment and the enjoyment of picking up the odd fact or two. You do things well, Davo.

vest said...

The beautiful is as useful as the useful, perhaps more so.

vest said...

Be careful of little things. Life is a great bundle of lttle things.

Davo said...

Well? Anon. Well well, how deep is a well .. heh.

Um Lemmi, am aware of the tinsy little buttons on recent little digital cameras. Am having trouble since the specific "digits" on the end of my hands and arms and feet don't quite fit.

Wed Mar 02, 05:39:00 PM 2011

Davo said...

Vestie, have heard that a recent friend of mine has heard of a 'recent bundle of little things' .. if that makes sense.

Davo said...

Um, vestie .. that translates into "grand-daughter" refuse to think of self as "that old" ..

John Myste said...

Are the eyes on the black one eyes or a design that I anthropomorphically mistook for eyes?

I feel like such a wanker for not knowing this.

Davo said...

heh, JM .. we're all wankers in our own underdacks.

John Myste said...

1. Are they eyes or just eye-looking circles on the black butterfly.

2. What is an underdack?

Davo said...

1. no. they are not "eyes" in the sense of ocular perception. They are some sort of "defensive colouration".
It's not "butterly" it's a "moth".

2. Ah; long story. Whaddya want, the definitive history of "speedo's", "undergarments" .. ??

Davo said...

*butterfly

Davo said...

(and yes, JM .. there's always the possibility that will use that image under the title "eyes in the sky". Am very annoyed by the concept of "predator drones" ..)