In a tree in the reserve behind our house.
Single seedling growing in cracked asphalt pavement just below basalt dry stone wall. Adult fruiting tree in nearby garden
Naturalised in several sites along dry basalt stone wall. Associated with Pyrrosia elaegnifolia, Microsorum pustulatum. Possibly D. mariesii - I will need to check this. New Zealand naturalised plants referred to D. griffithiana may in fact be D. mariesii.
Abundant on south-western facing side of metal letter box.
Common pavement weed - known widely in New Zealand as the 'sexy pavement lichen'. In this example growing on asphalt. Thallus covered in globose isidia, these often subcylindrical and erumpent; thallus underside pinkish-brown.
Locally established as a road side verge weed in unkept verge. Has persisted in this site for 18 years. Flowers dark orange.
Naturalised in cracked pavement. This species had been cultivated for some years in the vicinity. It persisted as a naturalised plant for about five years before completely dying out.
Planted tree growing in street (planted in 2004). Grown from cuttings obtained from tree on Manawa Tawhi (Great Island, Three Kings) in 1999 by Lisa Forester (then of DOC). Tree flowers for virtually the whole year. For more information see: de Lange, P.J. 2014: A revision of the New Zealand Kunzea ericoides (Myrtaceae) complex. Phytokeys 40: 185p doi: 10.3897/phytokeys.40.7973.
This small female cricket was found amongst the foliage of a shrub at night, in Mt. Eden, Auckland. many were heard calling, a distinct bell like call. I kept the male and female together, and eventually the female ate the male! They were heard and seen on various plants. Body length, approx 11mm. The male and female both the same size with long antennae. Found after 9pm, mild humid temperature.
This small male cricket was found amongst the foliage of a hedge at night, in Mt. Eden, Auckland. many were heard calling, a distinct, and bell like call. "ting ting ting-ting" I'm sure somebody will recognize this fellow. Body length approximately 11mm, with long antennae. Male with wings, female wingless.
Locality: NEW ZEALAND AK, suburb of Western Springs, Western Springs Park.
Habitat: common in small pond at night (9 p.m.)
Identification: Hydraena ambiflagellata Zwick, 1977.
Observation by Andrew Benson, Arborlab Consultancy Services Ltd.
Locality: NEW ZEALAND AK, suburb of Newmarket, Newmarket Station Square.
Habitat: Several individuals observed on an indet. cultivated palm.
Identification: Laminicoccus flandersi Williams, 1985.
Locally naturalised along stream banks throughout zoo and adjacent Jaggers Bush. Plants correspond to the widely creeping rhizomatous race of C. dentata (rhizomes usually buried in soil (well below surface)). This race is now locally common in parts of Auckland - possibly it has spread from deliberate attempts to cultivate this species in the late 1970s when it was listed as threatened, and plants were bought to Auckland from Kaitaia and cultivated by several fern nurseries and the University of Auckland, Less likely is that Christella has naturally established via long distance dispersal of spores from eastern Australia. This matter needs further study.
Locality: NEW ZEALAND AK, Auckland Central, Albert Park.
Habitat: Corymbia ficifolia. Several adults of both sexes observed on new growth, some of them in copula. Nymphs and eggs also present.
Identification: Cryptoneossa triangula Taylor, 1990.
Taylor, K.L. 1990: The tribe Ctenarytainini (Hemiptera: Psylloidea): a key to known Australian genera, with new species and two new genera. Invertebrate taxonomy, 4(1): 95-121. doi: 10.1071/IT9900095 [See p. 112, and figs. 51-58; original description (female, male, immature)]
Locality: NEW ZEALAND AK, Auckland Central, 10-12 Symonds Street (University of Auckland City Campus, Human Sciences Building courtyard).
Habitat: Philotheca myoporoides. Cultivated in courtyard. Many pairs of adults observed in copula.
Identification: Ctenarytaina thysanura Ferris & Klyver, 1932.
Naturalised in footpath and at the base of an adjacent Griselinia littoralis hedge. First appeared at this site in 2005 (vouchers from here sent to WELT in 2009). An example of the extensively rhizomatous race - with rhizomes buried or just at soil surface, and forming extensively creeping colonies. This race is now a widespread naturalised fern in parts of urban Auckland.
Locality: NEW ZEALAND AK, Auckland Central, 13 Eden Crescent.
Habitat: Several individuals observed on an indet. exotic palm, planted in the gardens of the Auckland Law School.
Identification: Laminicoccus flandersi Williams, 1985. ID confirmed by MPI.