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Kakadu 2007 New Year - the Insects

This picture (the one below) made the semi-final of the Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award 2007
Green Ants on caterpiller

Green Tree Ants (Oecophylla smaragdina) on a caterpillar - one step closer monkey, and you're in trouble.....
I think these fellas were protecting, not attacking, the caterpillar.
Along with repelling intruders they were carrying away honeydew and droppings from the caterpillar.

Green Ants on caterpiller Green Ant on caterpiller Green Ant on caterpiller
Green Ant nest Green Ant nest Green Ants on convolvulus Green Ant on convolvulus
Praying Mantis Praying Mantis Praying Mantis Praying Mantis Praying Mantis

Praying Mantis

Praying Mantis

Praying Mantis

Child of Namarrgon Child of Namarrgon

Alyurr, one of the children of Namarrgon Petasida ephippigera (AKA Leichhardt's grasshopper) Good page about them here

Hemipteran Hemipteran Hemipteran

Those two-tailed Bugs not tracked these down yet - but they are bugs and those little two pronged tails were for defense

Cicada Cicada Cicada

Cicada like Hemipterans... need to check on these

Termite mound Termite mound

Termite mounds

Nests - whose?

Dragonfly Dragonfly Dragonfly Dragonfly Dragonfly in a bit of a fix Dragonfly - look into my eyes


Shield Bug wheel or Asassin Bug?

Shield Bug - Wheel or Assasin Bug? on right

Large cricket Large cricket small grashopper large cricket nymph

Large cricket........small grashopper (or nymph) ..... and look what dropped out of the Kapok pod? theis large cricket nymph

Well camoflaged Orthopteran

Now what's in this field of tiny succulent plants - hey there it is!



Orthopteran Nymph Orthopteran Nymph Orthopteran Nymph

Orthopteran Nymph

Cockroach Cockroach




Massive Ant Massive Ant Massive Ant

Huge Ants - if you know the '50s movie 'Them!' then you've seen these fellas, about an inch long... and that's the itsy workers, I'm not sure I'd like to meet Momma-ant

Harlequin Bugs Harlequin Bug showing mouthparts Harlequin Bug

Harlequin Bugs image on the right shows the long Hemipteran sucking mouthparts that distinguish bugs from beetles.
Currently folded along the length of the body underneath - the mouthparts swing out and pierce rather than 'biting'.

Hoverfly Hoverfly

Hoverfly this was a very territorial little hoverfly - given to headbutting anyone sitting in his patch...

Case Moth Larvae Case Moth Larvae Case Moth Larvae on foodplant Case Moth Larvae Case Moth Larvae

Case Moth Larvae - these cover themselves in a protective cocoon of silk and debris - bark, leaves, small stones, twigs etc - often very carefully constructed
They seemed to be particularly active at dusk and dawn - but may have been munching away on the foodplants all night... but I didn't wander out to them with a torch.

Blue Triangle Blue Triangle Blue Triangle Blue Triangle

Blue Triangle Butterflies Graphium sarpedon

Arnhem four bar sword-tail Arnhem four bar sword-tail Arnhem four bar sword-tail Arnhem four bar sword-tail

Arnhem four bar sword-tail Protographium leosthenes geimbia the Kakadu subspecies does not have a white margin to the tail
The larval food plant, Melodorum rupestre - a vine, occurs on the slopes of the sandstone escarpments.

Cricket Nymph

Camoflaged Cricket Nymph

Paper Wasps Paper Wasp Nest Paper Wasp Paper Wasp

Paper Wasps - nests, eggs and larvae - aw, little angels
OK - the little nest on the left is the starter nest.... the few young are tended by comparatively few adult wasps - see how well developed the larvae are in the shot on the right - the brown and white grubs. Some of the cells on the starter nest have been sealed up for the larvae to pupate and will emerge as adults. Once emerged they will help the current adults feed the current larvae and also the young in the new bigger nest (on the right). If you look carefully at the cells in the new big nest you can see little eggs laid at the very bottom (seen best in shot on the left). These will hatch into more hungry little larvae...

Beetle feeds on pollen

Beetle feeds on pollen

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