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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.

  • Ken Harris identified a sighting

    Sighting Owlfly in my garden all day!

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    Sighted 14 Jan 2018
    Ken Harris 14 January 2018
    Suhpalacsa flavipes
    (species)
    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Neuroptera: Ascalaphidae: Suhpalacsa: flavipes
    Common Names: Lacewings, Owl-flies
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  • Karen Retra identified a sighting

    Sighting Owlfly in my garden all day!

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    Sighted 14 Jan 2018
    Karen Retra 14 January 2018
    Ascalaphidae
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    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Neuroptera: Ascalaphidae
    Karen Retra says

    Perhaps Suhpalacsa flavipes?

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  • Karen Retra described a sighting

    Sighting Owlfly in my garden all day!

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    Sighted 14 Jan 2018
    Karen Retra 14 January 2018
    Tagged With wow!
    Karen Retra says

    I don't think I'm the first to question the identify of this insect. My first thought was 'ooh, that's an interesting dragonfly. Hang on, what's with the butterfly antennae?' Ah, so apparently that makes it an owlfly? First seen at about 9am, on the stem of a salvia. Around 3pm (possibly in response to yet another round of photos!) it moved about 2 metres and perched on a garden ornament. Still there as I post this (6:45pm). A stunning character and I'm so pleased it came to visit. Any assistance with ID would be greatly appreciated (Ken Harris, if you'd be so kind; or anyone else willing to jump in?).

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  • Karen Retra added a sighting

    Owlfly in my garden all day!

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    Sighted 14 Jan 2018
    363 Amatex St, East Albury NSW 2640, Australia

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  • Karen Retra described a sighting

    Sighting Several roosting Blue-banded Bees become dinner for TWO mantises!

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    Sighted 19 Dec 2017
    Karen Retra 20 December 2017
    Tagged With thanks!
    Karen Retra says

    Thank you Matthew - the bees might be relieved to hear that multiple mantises aren't common! Will keep an eye out tonight to see if they return for more tucker.

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  • Matthew Connors described a sighting

    Sighting Several roosting Blue-banded Bees become dinner for TWO mantises!

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    Sighted 19 Dec 2017
    Matthew Connors 20 December 2017
    Tagged With archimantis
    Matthew Connors says

    Correct! A subadult female and adult male. Unfortunately though group behaviour is not particularly common in mantises and it was probably just coincidence that they were both there

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  • Karen Retra described a sighting

    Sighting Several roosting Blue-banded Bees become dinner for TWO mantises!

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    Sighted 19 Dec 2017
    Karen Retra 20 December 2017
    Tagged With bee watching
    Karen Retra says

    Apparently I am not the only one to have taken an interest in these roosting bees. I saw the first (female) mantis approaching a stem which held several small groups of roosting bees. The bees had settled down for the night and didn't move as she approached. Only after watching her for a while did I see the second mantis (male) - he is in the background in the later shots. They were all a metre or two above me. The lack of depth of field, and need for flash, made it tricky to get 'everyone' in the shot! Some of the bees appeared to escape the mantises by dropping from their stems, and at least one was then seen walking on the ground below, seeking shelter I guess. They don't seem keen/capable of flying in the dark. The mantises did not eat all the bees on this stem ... but maybe they have made another dinner date for tonight? It began to rain lightly and I think the mantises retreated (as did I!). I've only seen a single mantis 'hunting' on previous encounters, so I'd be interested to know if they regularly 'hang out' in couples? ID is based on images online, rather than a key, so any corrections or comments would be welcome.

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  • Karen Retra identified a sighting

    Sighting Several roosting Blue-banded Bees become dinner for TWO mantises!

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    Sighted 19 Dec 2017
    Karen Retra 20 December 2017
    Archimantis latistyla
    (species)
    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Mantodea: Mantidae: Archimantis: latistyla
    Common Names: Mantids, Large Brown Mantis
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  • Karen Retra added a sighting

    Several roosting Blue-banded Bees become dinner for TWO mantises!

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    Sighted 19 Dec 2017
    354 Schubach St, East Albury NSW 2640, Australia

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  • Karen Retra described a sighting

    Sighting Another Katydid (Elephantodeta - thanks Matthew C)

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    Sighted 17 Dec 2017
    Karen Retra 19 December 2017
    Tagged With big thanks matthew
    Karen Retra says

    Really appreciate the ID help and extra info!

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