… 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.
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!