Buggin with Bridgey – February 2024

Buggin with Bridgey is a Monthly report of sightings from the Let’s Go Buggin Cairns Nature & Photography Tours.  As the months roll by, subtle changes in the seasons bring sightings of new creatures and this report aims to give people a wrap up of the current animals seen as well as provide an ongoing citizen science account of our wonderful critters that can be seen.

Macro Photography Tours in Sydney

Bark Weevil seen during Marco Photography Tours in Sydney

I had the absolute pleasure to conduct a series of Macro Photography Tours whilst in Sydney over January and February. A heartfelt thank you to those that participated.  It was great to meet you and explore some new territories with you.

I find nature photography in Sydney to be quite rewarding.  This Blog is a summary of some of my favourite encounters in January & February of 2024.

Bark Weevil

Weevils have such a quirky appearance and are a favourite amongst macro photographers.   So much so that there is a whole day dedicated to them in the macro Instagram community called Weevil Wednesday!  What is it about Weevils that we find so fascinating?   Weren’t we taught as youngsters that Weevils were evil…getting into the cupboard and destroying our baking flour?  Well yes… but one needs to understand that within the True Weevil Family (Curculionidae), there are over 83,000 described species worldwide.  This is one of the largest animal families.  Their success as a species is undeniable.

This individual, which I believe may be Eutyrhinus meditabundus, was a cute Weevil I found during one of the first Sydney Macro Photography Tours and it did pose quite well for me.

Bark Weevil seen during Marco Photography Tours in Sydney

True Weevil possibly Eutyrhinus meditabundusa (Family Curculionidae)

Peron’s Tree Frog (Litoria peronii)

From previous experience I knew a location where to find these frogs.  We made our way there early one evening and we waited for the sun to go down. Right on sunset we started hearing the melodic murmurs of this frogs croak.  They started to make their way down from the trees where they had been sleeping during the day.   The pond and gentle cascading waterfalls was their destination.  I captured this one half way along his journey.

Peron's Tree Frog seen during Marco Photography Tours in Sydney

Peron’s Tree Frog (Litoria peronii)

Diamond Python (Morelia spilota ssp. spilota)

Another first!  An absolutely stunning and heathy Diamond Python just happened to be crossing the road when we were taking a quick detour.  Sometimes luck really is on your side.  Our first job was to block the road so that no cars would hit this divine creature.  It was very slow to make its way across the road as it struggled to get traction on the surface.  I got a couple of shots.  As soon as it got to the grass on the other side it took off pretty quickly into the bushes and was not to be seen again.  This was a fantastic memorable experience.

Diamond Python (Morelia spilota ssp. spilota)

Blue Banded Bees (Genus Amegilla)

Whilst having an explore in one of my goto spots I noticed a few Blue-banded Bees flying around the very pretty Liana flowers.  I only managed a couple of ordinary shots as they are so incredibly fast and skitzy.  I did notice however one individual trying to grasp a grass stem and have a little nanna-nap.  I immediately decided to return that night and hopefully I could find them sleeping.  I ventured back after dark to the spot where I found one, then another and then these two sleeping together.  It’s a scene I’ve been wanting to see for years…ever since I learned about how these bees sleep.  I mean could you get any cuter than that?!

Two sleeping Blue Banded Bees seen during Marco Photography Tours in Sydney

 Blue-banded and Allied Digger Bees (Subgenus Zonamegillaa)

Bird-dropping Arkys (Arkys curtulus)

A new species for me, and this is one of the most interesting spiders I’ve ever met.  It’s within the Arkys Genus, but it’s a Bird Poo Mimic!  They sit on a leaf looking and smelling like bird poo.   It’s not a fashion statement, it’s one of deception.   Unsuspecting flies approach the appealing pile of poo and become dinner almost immediately.  One of natures best evolutionary tricks.  On this morning we found three different individuals.  As they are only about 8mm across, to the naked eye, they don’t look like much at all.  But the beauty of Macro Photography shines once again and brings a whole new world into view showing us the incredible detail of these animals.

Bird-dropping Arkys (Arkys curtulus)

I hope you enjoyed seeing some of the examples of the Macro photography subjects in Sydney.   If you would like to take a deeper dive into some other encounters you can check out my Let’s Go Buggin Sydney Project on iNaturalist here.   If you’d like to join one of the next Sydney Buggin Tours, please send me an Email.

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Next Blog in late March.

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Bridgette

Bridgette uses a variety of Olympus OM SYSTEM Cameras and Lenses