Ants: Rhytidiponera

According to antweb.org there are over 100 species of Rhytidiponera ants in Australia but the most well known is the Green-headed Ant – Rhytidiponera metallica. These ants have terrorised children across the country, surely for as long as there have been people here, and adults are not immune to their painful stings. But they are more than…

Lantana Leafminer Beetle

Lantana is a mighty huge pest in this country thanks to the efforts of early gardeners who wanted a pretty shrub in their gardens. One of the control methods adopted by the people in charge of such things was to introduce these fantastically photogenic beetles. Lucky me! They do wreak havoc on the lucky lantana leaf…

Wasps & Galls

Galls are fascinating for me and I see quite a lot of them on Acacia trees. They never disappoint and usually have something interesting to see on them – even if it’s only a colony of Technomyrmex ants using a dead gall as a camp site. Most times though I can find beautiful little wasps like…

Hyperparasite: Acroclisoides sp.

Acroclisoides wasps are tiny insects that parasitise wasps that parasitise bugs. That’s right. Somehow, these wasps find a clutch of bug eggs (which are really small to start with) that have already been parasitised by a wasp and manage to get their little babies into those wasp larvae. See more wasp photos at www.aussiebugs.com.au/Hymenoptera/Wasps/