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#594 - Pterostylis aff. nana - Slender Snail Orchid

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Another sighting at the reserve - a small but elegant Pterostylis species, easily overlooked. Indeed, I later found some right in the middle of other photos, where I’d completely failed to notice them.

The name comes from the two ‘horns. Other Pterostylis attract Fungus Gnats as pollinators - likely this one does too.\

West Coolup, south of Perth

moralpanicsfolkdevils:

In the bed chambers of one Liam Philip Mills, a dreadful creature stirs.
This horrific beast, seeking warmth after an eternity bathed in icy darkness, flitters against ceilings and walls, glancing over the room with dark alien eyes.
No, but seriously, that crane-fly is fucking massive.

#lovecraft #nyarlathotep #seriously that fucker is huge #good christ its like something from #nightvale

kuujinbo:

0191 - crane fly

kuujinbo:

0191 - crane fly

betweenparallels:

Took pictures of a visiting cranefly today say hi, be nice. These guys don’t live long.

betweenparallels:

Took pictures of a visiting cranefly today say hi, be nice. These guys don’t live long.

#593 - Leporella fimbriata - Fringed hare-orchid

No picture of the flower on this one - it wasn’t in bloom at this time of year.

You’ll more often see the leaves, flat to the ground with three red veins, anyway. The complicated flower, when it emerges, is pollinated by one species of insect - the flying males of the bull-ant Myrmecia urens. By a happy co-incidence, I saw a bull-ant at the reserve that may well have been that species - the first time the ant has been recorded from the reserve, although the Hare Orchids have been there from the start.

West Coolup, south of Perth

#591 & 592 - Diuris spp. - Two Donkey Orchids

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Broadly similar, but note that the second has more contrasting and vivid colouration, and that the labellum on the top one is folded, and truncated on the other. Also, the tails on the second protrude forward stiffly.

West Coolup, south of Perth

Cyrtostylis reniformis - Small Gnat-Orchid, or Mosquito Orchid.

West Coolup, south of Perth

#590 - Cyrtostylis reniformis - Gnat Orchid

Another new report for the reserve - the diminutive Cyrtostylis reniformis or Small Gnat-Orchid. Found growing, remarkably thickly, in thick heavily shadowed undergrowth, and damp ground.

The flowers sprout from flat, white-veined, almost circular leaves that grow against the ground.

West Coolup, Perth