One spur-winged plover amongst the blackbirds at Barnett Park.
44 blackbirds on the playing fields at Barnett Park. No kidding. That's nearly two pies' worth!
A hole in the architrave with a little pile of sawdust on the curtain cord in the bathroom.
There's a population of these Weta in a local suburban garden.
Cave Weta ??
This hebe popped up wild on one of the stone walls in our garden. The nearest parent could be many hundreds of metres away.
More drive-by-botany, this time a Sophora molloyi kowhai in bloom.
hovering over fields
injured bird precariously on side of road- presumably juvenile. when I got out to shoo it off road it flew off in a laboured way to I know not where! the yellow patch on the throat doesn't seem to fit any of my books ! sorry didn't have time to get a better shot
originally planted about 10 years ago
self established, presumably from seed from a neighbouring property (the parent is no long present). these shoots keep popping up - sometimes from old root stocks from previously established and cut plants
planted about 15 years ago
planted about 27 years ago; somewhat stunted in shade; not seen it fertile - still juvenile foliage
planted about 27 years ago; never seen it flowering
planted about 10 years ago
planted about 10 years ago, but stunted under dense rohutu canopy
propagated from plants that were spreading around CRI buildings in Lincoln. Provenance unknown
planted in rock garden - been there for at least 10 years and have flowered (male) in past
Green-Pea Aphid. Aphids are part of the family Aphidoidea and there are about 4400 species worldwide. This one was on a flower in our garden and as we are all aware, Aphids cause great damage to ornamental and agricultural plants.
Helix Aspersa – Brown Garden Snail. This is a relatively common garden snail here in New Zealand but is part of a diverse family of some 1400 native species of snails and slugs that we have. With our heavily wooded and mountainous regions that vary in temperatures from zero to 30 degrees Celsius our country is able to support a wide biodiversity of such mollusc’s.
I think that these are Steel-blue Ladybugs (Halmus chalybeus) that will be feeding upon very small aphids on this flower. Other insect threats to Aphids are the likes of wasps, hoverfly, aphid midge and crab spiders.
These were common daisies growing in our lawn but when i set my camera on the ground and took this macro shot I got an idea of the world that is less than 30mm tall.
This is a green Amphipsalta zealandica cicada and is one of the ‘singing family’ of cicada’s. These insects can sing up a storm when attracting females for mating with noise up to 90 decibels – this would not be tolerated by neighbours with radios or noisy motor vehicles. There has to be some upsides to being a bug!
found growing in a crack in a live tree. A fungi is my closest guess.
Each red ball was about 1mm diameter
found under a log next to the track
found in a hole in a dead tree next to the track