Underside, showing the tiny legs
A large mealy bug, Monophlebulus sp. walking.
Of the Family Margarodidae.
Video Monophlebulus by dnatheist (Alan Couch)
Since there doesn’t seem to be an easy way to retitle submissions, I’ll have to link to it here.
Female Monophlebulus Mealybugs, or Giant Coccids (Fam. Margarodidae) are very large mealybugs, orange or yellow with black markings, and are most often covered in white fluff. They lack any visible legs or antennae or wings, at least when viewed from above. The males look like much more ordinary insects, with dark wings and long fluffy antennae, but still with white fluff.
Found this little guy crawling around at a truck stop at Pheasants Nest, NSW. An insect buff friend from the US suggested Cassidinae (tortoise and leaf-mining beetles) larva, but from a quick look, yes larval forms look similar, but this one was 2cm long and much bigger and certainly not this colour. Any help would be appreciated. Cheers
Snowball Large Mealybug, Monophlebulus sp., Fam. Margarodidae :)
Pity I can’t title the post #446
Portrait of a Blue Skimmer, Orthetrum caledonicum.
Mason’s Gardens, Perth
Blue Skimmer - Orthetrum caledonicum - a large and fairly common Aussie dragonfly. Also found on neighbouring islands, including New Caledonia, hence the name. Males have a blue powder coat. Females are black and yellow.
#279 on the List. Baldivis, Perth
Got home from the cinema on Friday night to find this - ants moving house.
Every year, as we leave the long dry summer and enter the few short months when we might actually get some rain if we’re lucky, some of local species move - abandoning their underground nests and moving their eggs, larvae, pupa and future kings and queens up into roof cavities, wall spaces, and so on, where they can keep dry.
I don’t begrudge them the refuge. It’s not like they’re going to do any damage, but I do hope they don’t cook in the sweltering heat up there.