Ever since digital cameras became available I have been using them to take natural history pictures. I set out to see how many differnt species I could photograph and identify, and to try and understand how each creature fits into its given habitat. I made this website to display some of the things I've seen. The images were taken in various parts of Australia and noted in the labels. My identifications may not all be right, please dont hesitate to comment if you think i have it wrong
Sunday, January 8, 2012
Butterflies & Dragonflies -Northern Territory.
The following five images are taken at Limmen NP. NT. This a Common Crow butterfly. There were thousands of them sheltering from the heat. There were many more butterflies flying around here than I have ever seen before, it was like a fantasy land. All taken in September 2011.
These are Chocolate Argus butterflies, male and female. Elsey NP. NT.
In the insect world females are often bigger because eggs are larger than sperm and much more goes into making the egg.
Dragonfly - Graphic Flutterer, Limmen NP. NT.
Dragonfly - Red Arrow, Elsey NP, NT.
Dragonfly- Black-headed Skimmer, Elsey NP. NT.
Dragonfly, Lorella Springs, NT. This is likely a female or a freshly emerged male. In the dragonfly world the males are usually the more colourful.
Wasp, Elsey NP, NT. I think this is a Paper Wasp.
Spider, maybe a St Andrews cross spider, underside. Limmen NP. NT. (I know, not an insect but close enough to be placed here) The reinforcment in the web serves not only to strengthen it but to also give larger creatures something visual so they dont walk or fly into it. It is called a stabilimentum. Apparantly it also gives off UV light, possibly to attract smaller prey.