Sunday, January 8, 2017

A Picnic at Cranbourne …



… with the grandkids.


As we walked to the picnic ground a furry brown animal ran across my foot. A little further on, it or its friend, paused just briefly enough for me to get a shot. Checking the image I decide that the stick out the front makes it look like an ‘elephant bandicoot’, better get another one. Too late – gone!

Southern Brown Bandicoot

Some low depressions in the vicinity were awash with a blue flower I’d not noticed before. Strange looking thing. This’ll be fun, requiring a little research. Turns out to be the plant of many names – Trailing Pratia, Swamp Isotome, Blue Star Creeper, Matted Pratia. From different sources it even has several scientific synonyms – Pratia pedunculata, Isotoma fluviatilis, Lobelia pedunculata and Laurentia fluviatilis.

Pratia sp

Commonly used as a ground cover it seems but can be invasive in a garden situation.

A few of the flowering eucs nearby were attracting armies of Plague Soldier Beetles. Not such a worry for the gardens apparently, (link to a CSIRO site).

Plague Soldier Beetles

They’re really only pollen/nectar eaters and when they assemble in large numbers it’s principally for breeding purposes.

Harmless.

Oops, better check the playground. 

Don't be alarmed, they're harmless too.

All ok, both still alive!


1 comment:

  1. Back in the '90s I was installing some computer equipment at Monash Uni and there were thousands of those Plague Soldier Beetles on and around the car park.

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