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Seed Savers Albury-Wodonga sightings

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With this project listing, we're keen to identify and share the flora and fauna seen by our members and friends - in gardens and the local area (Albury-Wodonga and surrounds). Feel free to add your sighting to our project, and to any others that are relevant! Seed Savers Albury-Wodonga is an incorporated group and member of the national seed savers network. Our goals include encouraging the use and saving of seed from locally appropriate and useful plants. We’re particularly keen on food plants, but any beneficial plant is of interest to us. We promote home food production and the saving of open pollinated seeds by running workshops, hosting guest speakers, maintaining a seed bank and by encouraging networking and sharing of practical skills between our members and guests.

  • Karen Retra identified a sighting

    Sighting Moulting spider - Badge Huntsman

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    Sighted 9 Nov 2017
    Karen Retra 10 November 2017
    Neosparassus
    (genus)
    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Arachnida: Araneae: Sparassidae: Neosparassus
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  • Karen Retra described a sighting

    Sighting Moulting spider - Badge Huntsman

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    Sighted 9 Nov 2017
    Karen Retra 10 November 2017
    Karen Retra says

    Spotted hanging from silk in Dianella clump. At first I couldn't tell whether it was two spiders or something else. Then I realised it was a moulting spider. It twisted in the slight breeze, and mostly I saw the underside (with those impressive markings). It seemed to hang limp for some time, then appeared to be stretching its legs and checking everything was in order. After some minutes it released from the silk and fell to a leaf below, seemingly landing on its head. The old skin continued to waft in the breeze, above, still connected to the silk. After another pause it took off into the leaves and out of view. Would love confirmation / correction re ID. I guess it's immature?

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  • Karen Retra added a sighting

    Moulting spider - Badge Huntsman

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    Sighted 9 Nov 2017
    363 Amatex St, East Albury NSW 2640, Australia

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  • Karen Retra described a sighting

    Sighting My first sighting of a roosting Blue-banded Bee this season, Albury

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    Sighted 2 Oct 2017
    Karen Retra 6 October 2017
    Karen Retra says

    Blue-banded bees seen on flowers from 26th of September here in Albury (across a number of locations). That's my earliest sighting of them in 6 years (since taking notes of them!). Could be related to a sudden warm spell around this time? Initially I observed just single bees (intriguingly, mostly females) but now seeing 4 or more at once per plant. Westringia, lavender, bluebells the most frequently visited flowers (by BBBs) at present. These bees are usually fond of Dianella, but as yet there aren't many flowering around here. I spotted this female on Dianella stems on the evening of October 2nd. Perhaps she was newly emerged and hadn't begun to create a nest? She didn't return the next night.

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  • Karen Retra added a sighting

    My first sighting of a roosting Blue-banded Bee this season, Albury

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    Sighted 2 Oct 2017
    358 Amatex St, East Albury NSW 2640, Australia

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  • Ken Walker identified a sighting

    Sighting Eumeninae Wasp, thanks Ken.

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    Sighted 2 Oct 2017
    Ken Walker 6 October 2017
    Vespidae
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    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Hymenoptera: Vespidae
    Ken Walker says

    Hi Karen - this is a Eumeninae wasp (perhaps Paralastor) which can be easily distinguished from the similar looking bee by the wasp having the forewings folded along their length. The bee wings are fully expanded.

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  • Karen Retra described a sighting

    Sighting Small day-flying moth on grass

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    Sighted 30 Sep 2017
    Karen Retra 5 October 2017
    Tagged With thank you!
    Karen Retra says

    Many thanks Ken, much appreciated.

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  • Ken Harris identified a sighting

    Sighting Small day-flying moth on grass

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    Sighted 30 Sep 2017
    Ken Harris 5 October 2017
    Philobota arabella
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    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Lepidoptera: Oecophoridae: Philobota: arabella
    Common Names: Moths, Oecophorids, concealer moths
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  • Karen Retra added a sighting

    Small day-flying moth on grass

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    Sighted 30 Sep 2017
    11 Rosella Ridge, East Albury NSW 2640, Australia

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  • Karen Retra described a sighting

    Sighting Eumeninae Wasp, thanks Ken.

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    Sighted 2 Oct 2017
    Karen Retra 5 October 2017
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    Karen Retra says

    Unsure if this might be a female Hyleoides bivulnerata, or perhaps it is a Eumeninae wasp (rather than its mimic)? My poor shots may mean it's not possible to tell? It only rested briefly, so didn't get any other angles or clearer detail. I saw yellow markings on the face ... but without detail, that doesn't assist with ID.

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