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Jumping Spider, one of the many

insects you will see in the bush if

you take time to look.

INSECTS OF THE BUSH!

 

Insects play an important role in our bushland.  98% of insects can be considered beneficial.

 

One of the most important roles insects play in the natural world is the pollination of flower plants.  Over time, the evolution of flower plants and the related insects proceeded in parallel. As a result, various tools for collecting and transporting pollen have been developed, such as ventral brushes, pollen-baskets on legs or tufts of hair on other parts of the body. Some species, for instance, have unusually long tongues which help them reach the bottom of elongated flower tubes in search of nectar. Some insects pollinate flowers blooming in the daytime while others prefer flowers that open at twilight. The most important pollinators of flower plants are hymenopterans, especially wild bees, as well as lepidopterans, dipterans and coleopterans.

Another group of insects which plays a crucial role in different types of forest environment is ants (Formicidae). Large mound ants belonging to the Formica genus act as ”orderlies” by regulating the number of other insects. In the case of the mass appearance of Lepidoptera or Diptera caterpillars feeding on plants, ants switch to these species thereby significantly reducing their number. By building their nests, ants improve the quality of the soil. Numerous chambers and corridors in the underground part of the nest have a beneficial impact on the air and water regime in the soil.

Insects actively accelerate the circulation of the organic matter in the environment. The larvae of many Diptera species (e.g. bluebottle flies Caliphora and flesh-flies Sarcophaga) feed on dead plants and animals as well as on animal dung. This significant contribution leads to a faster decomposition. Carrion is a source of nourishment for numerous beetle species (e.g. burying beetles (Necrophorus) and carrion beetles Silpha). Because eggs are deposited in the carrion, the larvae feed on the animal remains. The dor beetles (Geotrupes) remove immense quantities of dung from the environment. They build deep burrows ending with chambers under an accumulation of dung where females deposit their eggs. The beetles then fill the chambers with lumps of dung providing food reserves for the developing larvae.

 

 

 

"END OF THE ROAD"

 

Thornleigh, NSW 2006

 

I found this beetle crawling to the end of a fishbone fern, trying to get to the softest morsel of the plant!

 

 

 

"DRAGONFLY 1"

 

Thornleigh, NSW 2006

 

At the end of all the Sydney rain, the sun came out and the humidity went up! A perfect combination for the dragonfly.

 

 

 

"DRAGONFLY 2"

 

Thornleigh, NSW 2006

 

It's not easy to catch a dragonfly in full flight but this one just happened to hover long enough for me to snap him!

 

 

 

"EYE TO EYE!"

 

Thornleigh, NSW 2006

 

Now, when you get this close to a dragonfly you start to se the humour in creation!

 

 

"LADYBIRD, FLY WAY HOME"

 

Thornleigh, NSW 2006

 

You all know the rhyme, Ladybird, ladybird, fly away home. Your house is on fire and your children are alone!"

 

Well this little common spotted Ladybird Beetle was just about to do that. She was launching as I snapped!

 

 

"MADAM BUTTERFLY"

 

Thornleigh, NSW 2006

 

The beauty and the grace of these magnificent insects never ceases to amaze me. This is a female and I just didn't get my camera quick enough to snap her mating with her mate. Oh well, maybe privacy is a premium here!

 

 

"MADAM MOTH"

 

Thornleigh, NSW 2006

 

Again, the beauty of these small insects is tremendous. In fact this little moth reminded me of an American fighter jet with its wing formation.

 

 

 

 

"THE MAGIC OF LIGHT"

 

Thornleigh, NSW 2006

 

I know, this isn't an insect, however, I had to add it for you to enjoy as I did. After the heavy rains on Sydney in January 2006, the sap ran down the trunks of the gum trees. Late in the afternoon, I caught sight of this as I walked past.  The sun was shining through it and made it look as if it were on fire. A cobweb floats off the top making a trail like smoke ascending into the air.

 

 

 

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A picture is the expression of an impression. If the beautiful were not in us, how would we ever recognize it?

 

Ernst Haas

Photographer (1921-1986)

 


    

    More Photos of Eloura Bushland

 

    Eloura Page 1 (General)

    Eloura Page 2 (Fungi)

    Eloura Page 3 (Wildflowers)

    Eloura Page 4 (Trees)

    Eloura Page 5 (Birds)

    Eloura Page 6 (Insects)


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There are many fungi in our bushland that display their beauty after rain.

 

To look at our page on fungi,

click on the following link.

 

FUNGI

 


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Our bush is full of the most amazing flowers. These are Banksias. You can see more of

our bush flowers by clicking on the link below.

 

FLOWERS

 

 

 

Wild Flower

 

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In fact, all photos on this site are able to be framed and sold.

 

 

I took this photo whilst out on a daytrip to country areas around Sydney.  It is a Dandelion flower in seed. I actually took the whole flower and, at first, discarded it without possibilities. After a day or two I returned to it and saw the unique and delicate construction of this beautiful creation.

 

 

"COUNTRY LANE"

 

Arcadia, Sydney

 

This is a little country road taken somewhere out the back of Arcadia

 

 

"BETWEEN THE TREES"

 

Arcadia, Sydney

 

I find something fascinating in our Australian Gum Trees!

 

 

"QUIET REFLECTION"

 

Arcadia, Sydney

 

There are some beautiful country scenes out there and this one certainly captured my attention!

 

 

"LEFT BEHIND"

 

Arcadia, Sydney

 

 I spotted this car parked out in a paddock and it looked to me

to have been left behind and that's what I have called this photo!

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These camellias (and the waterfall are displayed at the beautiful Lisgar Gardens, Lisgar Road Hornsby.

 

You can see more photos of Lisgar Gardens by clicking on the following link.

 

LISGAR

 

 

 

 

 

Red Dragonfly

 

Same moth as opposite, just a different angle

 

Another graceful butterfly, in fact this is the male of the large photo at the top of the page.

 

Another Dragonfly

 

Bee drinking water. You can actually see his red tongue here sipping.

 

Butterfly hiding!