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Tina  Would-be nature photographer shooting bugs and beasts in my backyard. Wollongong, Australia ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ

Cool Australian Leaf-roller fly. Looks a bit like a hipster ๐Ÿ˜Ž with the black and white stripes but it is actually a tachinid fly.
#trigonospila #leafroller #tachinidae #urbanecology #backyardbiodiversity #ABCmyphoto

I love the tiny things! This is basket lerp. Psyllid nymphs from the genus Cardiaspina create these protective shields from crystallised honeydew. The psyllid nymph living underneath the lerp until adulthood, feeds on the leaf, sucking the sap causing death of the tissue around it (as seen by the red colouration in the above first three images). These bugs have been known to build up in huge numbers greatly affecting the health of their host trees, Eucalyptus spp. The adult psyllids are winged and look like little teeny, tiny cicadas (see fourth image taken on my dirty laundry tile ๐Ÿ˜). Many bird species, such as honeyeaters, pardalotes, thornbills and rosellas, feed on psyllid nymphs and their sugary lerp. The birds, and predatory insects and spiders, keep psyllid numbers in check so a healthy, balanced ecosystem helps protect even our largest species. ๐Ÿ”Ž๐Ÿž๐Ÿ•ท๐Ÿ๐Ÿฆ๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒ
#lerp #cardiaspina #hemiptera #psyllid #urbanecology #macrophotography #backyardbiodiversity #insectguru #gardeningaustralia #abcmyphoto

Wishing I was back enjoying the long weekend in the sunshine โ˜€๏ธ. Swipe to see second short vid. Which do you prefer the sound of, babbling brook or rushing waterfall?
#soundscape #water #waterfall #babblingbrook #stream #dharawalnationalpark

I was surprised to see the pollen collected by this bee, it seems to be bluish. I looked up blue pollen and indeed it is a thing. From certain flowers it can be very bright blue, much brighter than this.
#bee #honeybee #pollen #macrophotography #insectguru #macrofreaks #matchstickbromeliad #aechmeagamosepala #abcmyphoto

Last night we had 100km/h winds so I hope this little one, a Hairy Lineblue, hunkered down low in the Lomandra foliage out of harmโ€™s way!
#Erysichtonlineata #hairylineblue #butterfly #lycaenidae #urbanecology #backyardbiodiversity #abcmyphoto #gardeningaustralia #macrophotography #insectguru

This is a little Wraparound Spider which I disturbed in the veggie patch. I hope she has been eating all the pesky bugs and not my lady beetles! ๐Ÿ›โœ…๐Ÿž๐ŸšซWraparound spiders hide among foliage (they literally wrap themselves around a branch as camouflage) during the day and make a web at night.
#Araneidae #Dolophonesturrigera #wraparoundspider #urbanecology #backyardbiodiversity #spider #arachnid #vegiepatch

Fiery Skimmer (male). I posted a female fiery skimmer a few days ago, here is the male to compare.
#fieryskimmer #orthetrumvillosovittatum #Libellulidae #dragonfly #urbanecology #backyardbiodiversity #naturephotography #insectguru #abcmyphoto

I looked out the window this morning and saw this ๐Ÿ™„ For a moment I thought the tree was on fire ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ˜…
#watervapour #tree #morninglight #smoke #afterrain #abcmyphoto

Mosses. Rain has done wonders for the mosses around the pond. There appears to be a few species, swipe through and see what you think. I have no idea what species they are ๐Ÿคฏ
#iwouldntknowwheretostart
#bryophyte #mosses #habitatgarden #urbanecology #backyardbiodiversity #macrophotography #abcmyphoto

While I love looking after the environment around me at home, Iโ€™m also acutely aware of what is happening to our shared environment. Plastic, as you would all know, is terrible for the planet, especially our oceans. This yearโ€™s theme for World Environment Day is #beatplasticpollution . We all need to reduce our reliance on plastic, particularly single-use plastic like straws, bags, coffee cups, water bottles etc to help stop the flow of plastic into the environment. Also with the state of the recycling system in many countries being shown to be inadequate we need to reconsider our purchases with โ€˜recyclableโ€™ packaging. Much of this recyclable material is apparently going to landfill. But it shouldnโ€™t be all up to the individual. We need to collectively call out these inadequacies in our waste stream and require our government to do more in protecting our beautiful environment with measures to tackle recycling and reducing waste.
This is an old image of mine as is the waterfall in my stories. Itโ€™s nice to pull out these images in aid of a good cause ๐Ÿ˜Š
#worldenvironmentday #wollongong

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