Sunday, February 28, 2016

Inverts Rule or ...

…  a night/day out with LV Field Nats!

Guest speaker at the February meeting of the Latrobe Valley Field Naturalists Club was wildlife photographer Reiner Richter and his topic was Odonata – dragonflies and damselflies.

The following day Reiner very kindly led us on an excursion to the Traralgon Railway Reservoir Conservation Reserve, (Facebook).

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 Above - Bee Fly.
Below - Blue Ringtail Damselfly, (I hope).

Above - Common Bluetail with a moth about to become a meal.
Below - Not so much a Katydid as a Cricket of some ilk,  (note the large ovipositer).

Above - Vine Moth. A fairly common day flyer.
Below - A Gum Leaf Katydid that seems to have its camouflage properties confused.

Above - RR at work, "If you come around this side you will get a good view."
Below -  A Native Bee 'cluster'. Safety in numbers? Threatening image?

Above - Splendid Ochre at rest.
Below - White Rush Moth, (thanks DF). Pretty common around the dam.

Above - A few birds did get a look in on the day.

Thanks Reiner and Latrobe Valley Field Nats for a most enjoyable invertebrate interlude.


  1. Spectacular images as usual! Well done that boy!


  2. Great set of photos, very interesting creatures! I think insects are really coming into their own recently as a rewarding subject of citizen science study.

  3. Thanks Martin & Christian.
    The invertebrates are certainly compelling. Often hard to correctly identify. And sometimes, (but only sometimes), easy to photograph for this old photographer!