My usual macro adventures tend to turn up something of interest even if the spot is very familiar to me – like Oxley Creek Common, one of my favourites! One of my most interesting finds was this fabulous waxy straw poking out of the branch of an Ironbark tree. There were mostly big black Rattle Ants taking the honeydew off the straws but I couldn’t for the life of me see any bugs! Turns out they are buried in the bark so I went back with a trusty sharp blade and managed to find the bizarre looking scale insect responsible. I can’t make head nor tail of the scale bug and apparently they are all pretty unconventional looking insects.