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.
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 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 this was a very territorial little hoverfly - given to headbutting anyone sitting in his patch...
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.
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.
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...
current insect picture count 73
Thursday January 05 2012
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