With the recent advent of rain we have seen an abundance of insects (many stick insects !).
As big as my hand, this Hawk Moth (Coequosa australasiae), came to our light-sheet on a very rainy evening:
Another visitor was this Stag Beetle:
Spotlighting in our rainforest, we came across a pair of sleeping dragonflies:
and a group of sleeping male native bees (Mellitidia tomentifera):
This Blue-backed Bee is one of many, collecting pollen in our garden:
If you are interested in native bees, you’ll find many photos and descriptions under the native bee project at www.bowerbird.org.
Another interesting insect is the Stalk-eyed Fly: The males have their eyes arranged like hammerhead sharks:
A piece of banana served as battleground: