This is how i spend my christmas, taking photos of insects in the country
Yellow-banded Ichneumon Wasp
Found this wasp at my work, she was lost and disorientated so i caught her, and released her into back outside. Of course i took a few photos first
found this tiny but cute leafhopper nymph walking across a magazine i was reading. You can tell the small size of it by comparing its size with the lettering in the photo. Needless to say trying to get a clear focused shot was hard
watched as these tiny ants found this dead spider and continued to drag it back to thier nest, which obviously ended up being to big.
i spent months looking for this one moment, i sat there for an hour watching the cicada emerge. So excited When i finally saw it
Found this - australian emerald? - in backyard one late afternoon … i noticed it flying around 3 seperate points, im assuming finding somewhere to rest. I positioned myself, laying on ground in between two points and waited till it sat long enough to get close and take pictures. Also have to add that it had just finished raining so i was laying in wet grass and a layer of mud, which prob led to my month long sickness, but it was worth it.
This is the caterpillar of the case moth, i believe it to be the saunders case moth but im not sure. I remember getting bitten heaps by ants whilst laying on the ground photographing this guy on a small twig.
I found these blue-banded bees at the side of house, as the sun was going down. When i took this photo there was only about 7 bees. About a week later i counted 21 bees all sleeping on the tiny branches, holding on with thier mouths.
I followed this ant for about 30 minutes, dragging a dead beetle back to its nest. With the obvious size difference it had trouble trying to get it over the tiniest of rocks, but watching him carry the beetle up the verticle side of a large rock really showed how strong ants are.