Psednura musgravei aka Musgrave’s Psednura (?)
Mark Oliphant Conservation Park, South Australia – October 11th, 2014 – warm, dry conditions
These curious Pyrgomorphs rest on grasses and sedges, and if you get close to them, they will move around to the other side of the stem – They prefer to shuffle rather than hop -At the risk of sounding daffy, they are delightful! – Masters of disguise, just like the Matchstick Grasshoppers.
Acianthus caudatus aka Mayfly Orchid
Mark Oliphant Conservation Park – August 23rd, 2014 – Cool, wet conditions
This is a species not widely appreciated by Orchid-lovers – It’s very hard to photograph, especially if you are using Auto Focus, it’s tiny, and its colours would be right at home on the set of Alien – It also looks manky, but on the right day, and with a macro lense, it can look extraordinary and full of character – We waited for weeks to get these shots, searching high and low up and down hills all the while! – Finally, Adam spotted these on an unpromising bit of dirt roadwork – I was very surprised by both the location and their pristine condition.
Glossodia major aka Purple Cockatoo Orchid, Waxlip Orchid
Mark Oliphant Conservation Park – October 11th, 2014 – mildly warm conditions