Sunday, June 12, 2011

Grass spiders

Some mornings the grass is covered with these little spider webs which really show up with the dew on them.  They're made by harmless little grass spiders although I've no idea what they're called other than that I gather they are from the family agelenidae which are funnel-weaving spiders - happily no relation to the highly venomous Funnel Web Spider which is of the family hexatheloidae. 

Monday, June 6, 2011

Another butterfly

As promised - this is another common tropical species, a Union Jack (delias mysis), and yesterday this one was fluttering around the Caliandra bush behind one of the bungalows, 'Sunbird Sanctuary'.  It's a little fuzzy I'm afraid.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Red Lacewing Butterfly

So many butterflies!  So many different species seldom seen here before, like this beautiful Red Lacewing (cethosia cydippe) which we are now seeing all over the property.  I took this shot this morning alongside our walking track - I'll post some other varieties over the next day or so.  A real kaleidescope of colours in the gardens and on our walking trails!

Friday, June 3, 2011


Such beautiful light through the trees on these lovely early-winter afternoons.

The trunks in the foreground are a couple of our huge very old mango trees which hopefully will start to blossom in the next month or two.  Two years ago we had the biggest crop ever - last year we had just ONE fruit ... and something ate it before we could pick it!