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.


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.