Rhinotia hemistictus aka Long-nosed Weevil
Montacute Conservation Park – November 15th, 2014 – mild to warm, overcast conditions
Photos & Text: Michal Dutkiewicz
These were found on what I believe were Acacia pycnantha trees, at least 200 yards apart on different tracks, and I think they were feeding, although in my excitement, I didn’t take much notice – All I could think was “Get the shot!”: – I had wanted to photograph a species like this for years – macro photography has finally given me the opportunity to explore the realm of the mini-marvels that reside all around us. I haven’t been able to find out much about this species yet.
Choerocoris paganus aka Red Jewel Bug
Montacute Conservation Park, South Australia – November 15th, 2014 – on ground, mating, overcast conditions
Photos: Michal Dutkiewicz
I didn’t recognize them from the ID shots on the net – Most people pump the colours and brightness to make them psychedelic and bright, but they are quite deep in colours in real life – I have tried to represent them as authentically as I can. They are a type of Stink Bug or Shield Bug and they use their rostrum, an extended, segmented mouth structure, to suck the sap of plant species, including Dodonaea.
This common species has a sweet, vanilla-chocolatey scent – Very pleasing – Before European settlement, this species was widespread and abundant in open areas. See also my entry on Arthropodium fimbriatum aka Dichopogon fimbriatus.