Tag Archives: Mark Oliphant Conservation Park

A Quirky Little Psednura

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Psednura musgravei aka Musgrave’s Psednura (?)
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Orthoptera
Suborder: Caelifera
Superfamily: Pyrgomorphoidea
Family: Pyrgomorphidae
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.

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The Very Gothic-Looking Mayfly Orchid

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Acianthus caudatus aka Mayfly Orchid
Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Angiospermae
Class: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Orchidaceae
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.