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Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia

Observer

grahame

Date

January 20, 2019 05:12 PM NZDT

Description

Moving from breeding to non breeding plumage.
It had a begging kid lurking around.

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Black Swan Cygnus atratus

Observer

grahame

Date

January 20, 2019 04:43 PM NZDT

Description

A comparison of plumage between adult Black Swan (image 1) and this years juvenilles (image 2, 3)

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Greylag Goose Anser anser

Observer

grahame

Date

January 19, 2019

Description

An elegant Greylag

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Apple-of-Peru Nicandra physalodes

Observer

grahame

Date

January 19, 2019

Description

There was one patch of these solanums.
Looks like a bird was really effective.
The Travis locals there today were puzzled, though one remembers it as a cultivated plant in a garden 30 or so yrs ago.
Flowers were large and purple, think Poroporo, not sure why I dont have any images of them.
Thoughts O wise ones ??

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grahame

Date

January 18, 2019

Description

Around 12mm long
Found among long mixed grasses

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Short-haired Bumble Bee Bombus subterraneus

Observer

grahame

Date

January 18, 2019

Description

I've seen these unusual bees at Travis over the last few years.
They have a longer face than B. terrestris and probably a longer tongue.
The abdominal markings are different as well.
I came to the conclusion that they are B. subterraneus.
For some reason the images never come out well.
I saw a queen last week.
Have put this here just to see if some one that knows these bees spots it.

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Pukeko Porphyrio melanotus ssp. melanotus

Observer

grahame

Date

January 18, 2019

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Small Hover Fly Melanostoma fasciatum

Observer

grahame

Date

January 18, 2019

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Lesser Stitchwort Stellaria graminea

Observer

grahame

Date

January 18, 2019

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grahame

Date

January 17, 2019

Description

Well I got my first id wrong :)
Quite interesting watching this gliding around.
13 microns from horn to horn.

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grahame

Date

January 17, 2019

Description

First time I've seen a group of them like this.
What's the reason for it ?
3.5 microns long

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grahame

Date

January 16, 2019

Description

My problematic moth for the day.

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Barea st1

Observer

grahame

Date

January 16, 2019

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Sod Webworm Eudonia submarginalis

Observer

grahame

Date

January 16, 2019

Description

I guess yet another colour form of E. submarginalis.
Theres 4 or so scales that have a redish tint.

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grahame

Date

January 16, 2019

Description

One of my favourite moths.
Haven't seen one quite like this before.

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Fungus Gnats Family Mycetophilidae

Observer

grahame

Date

January 16, 2019

Description

Around 5mm or a bit more

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grahame

Date

January 16, 2019

Description

One of the many dandelion like plants.
They were generally in flower heads of 3 some 4.
15mm across ??

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grahame

Date

January 15, 2019

Description

I thought I knew what this was before I had a good look at it on the computer.
Now I suspect it is one of the several Orocrambus I don't know

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Sod Webworm Eudonia submarginalis

Observer

grahame

Date

January 15, 2019

Description

Sorry about the poor image.
Is this a weird colour form of Eudonia submarginalis ?
The white hind wing stripe looks close the rest like none Ive seen before.

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Bagworm Moths Family Psychidae

Observer

grahame

Date

January 15, 2019

Description

Nicely decorated with Ramalina

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Limoniid Crane Flies Family Limoniidae

Observer

grahame

Date

January 15, 2019

Description

Including leg length 10mm long

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Willow Bean Gall Sawfly Pontania proxima

Observer

grahame

Date

January 15, 2019

Description

A small one, 5mm or a little more

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Common Cat's-Ear Hypochaeris radicata

Observer

grahame

Date

January 15, 2019

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grahame

Date

January 13, 2019

Description

I could be wrong on the id of this moth

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Lucerne Leafroller Moth Clepsis divulsana

Observer

grahame

Date

January 13, 2019

Description

The most unusual coloured one I've seen.

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Tailed Forest Spider Arachnura feredayi

Observer

grahame

Date

January 13, 2019

Description

Two different ones from the group I've been watching

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Cotton Web Spinner Achyra affinitalis

Observer

grahame

Date

January 9, 2019

Description

Not one I can work out.

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Red Damselfly Xanthocnemis zealandica

Observer

grahame

Date

January 13, 2019

Description

A mating pair

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Pied Stilt Himantopus leucocephalus

Observer

grahame

Date

January 13, 2019

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Grey Teal Anas gracilis

Observer

grahame

Date

January 13, 2019
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