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Brown Darkling Beetle

Ecnolagria grandis aka Brown Darkling Beetle (?)

Ecnolagria grandis aka Brown Darkling Beetle (?)
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Suborder: Polyphaga
Superfamily: Tenebrionoidea
Family: Tenebrionidae
Subfamily: Lagriinae
Tribe: Lagriini
Subtribe: Lagriina
Mylor Conservation Park, South Australia – January 4th, 2014 – warm, sunny conditions

Photos & Text: Michal Dutkiewicz

Amber-coloured Beetles that feed on dead plant and fungal matter and live in a variety of habitats including forests, heaths and urban areas including gardens. The adults can fly but rarely move even when disturbed and then fly slowly. Their two eyes wrap around the base of each antennae. The larva are dark brown and hairy, with a pair of hooks on the rear end and they live in the ground and come out in numbers to feed at the surface by night on vegetable litter including fallen Eucalypt leaves which they leave skeletonized.


The False Orchid – Lobelia gibbosa

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Lobelia gibbosa aka Tall Lobelia, False Orchid
Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Charophyta (?)
Class: Equisetopsida (?)
Order: Asterales
Family: Campanulaceae
Mylor Conservation Park – January 4th, 2014 – on the sides of a path in a hilly woodland setting

Photos: Michal Dutkiewicz

When I saw this species, I was mystified – I was sure I had found a species of Orchid – Lobelias bear a resemblance to them, and apparently I am not the only one to be fooled – The flowers emerge in Summer at a time when the leaves have usually shrivelled


Pink Hyacinth-orchid Is A Summer Star

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Dipodium roseum aka Rosy Hyacinth-Orchid or Pink Hyacinth-Orchid (?)
Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Angiospermae
Class: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Orchidaceae
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Cymbidieae
Mylor Conservation Park – January 4th, – Hot conditions, but in shady spots

A surprisingly large and showy Orchid for South Australia, and if you were unaware of what it was, you might think you were seeing a garden escapee, because it is so uncharacteristic of our usual plants – We had been searching in the heat of Summer for a glimpse of this, and when the others found it, I thought someone had been attacked by a Tyrannosaur! – We found our first stem in the shade of what I seem to remember being a Callitris – It was one of the highpoints of last Summer for me – There is a second species it is sometimes mistaken for Dipodium punctatum.