Sunday, 26 October 2008

Time to party

I've been a bit busy. We've had a party to celebrate two of us turning sixty, I'm not saying who. Our daughter and her husband from Airlie Beach and daughter #2 from Geraldton came home for the occasion, and lots of others came to share the day. I didn't think I wanted a party but it was a lot of fun.

I haven't had time to get out to explore the natural world but I did find that the Kangaroo Apple in my garden is absolutely covered in thrip and their predators are having a party as well. Ladybirds, and several other creatures I haven't had time to identify, are having a fine time.


Duncan said...

Happy birthday to you both!

Gouldiae said...

Congratulations Boobook.
That third critter is a beauty - I've not seen one of those before.
Also, I'd never thought of Kangaroo Apple as a garden plant, great idea.

Denis Wilson said...

Hi Boobook
Nice shots of Aphids in various stages of their life cycles.
The 4th image is a great shot of a Ladybird larva. But the two in the middle have me confused - looks like a half-way stage to an adult Ladybird (in colouring), but I don't know what stages they go through.

Aren't the larval stages of Ladybirds ferocious looking creatures? They look to me like an insect designed by an agricultural machinery company, or the Military.

In my area, the Bowerbirds love the Kangaroo Apple flowers (purple-blue is their favourite colour of course) and also the red berries when ripe. And the Black Cockies come in and shred them looking for fat grubs which bore out the core of the branches on old bushes. They only live about 3 years, but grow so quickly it does not matter.
Nice post.