Wildflowers, Frogs & Jumping Spiders in Warradarge, Western Australia

Screen Shot 2018-06-08 at 5.35.11 pmThis preciously small jumping spider was found along a fire break track that I was following during some time spent solo in the bush a couple of days ago.  There were two spotted along several kilometres.  Not sure of the identity just yet…Screen Shot 2018-06-08 at 5.35.30 pmScreen Shot 2018-06-08 at 5.36.47 pmAn unusual flower?Screen Shot 2018-06-08 at 5.37.00 pmScreen Shot 2018-06-08 at 5.36.30 pmScreen Shot 2018-06-08 at 5.37.57 pmEarly in the week to celebrate this little boys second birthday I took him to the ocean.  We also ate raspberry pancakes for lunch with maple syrup.  Mike was away for the official day but is home now and we’ll have a little party for him on Sunday with cake and his mates.  I can hardly believe that our little darling has turned two!!  Screen Shot 2018-06-08 at 5.40.45 pmFound this tiny frog in the yard today whilst mowing the lawn.Screen Shot 2018-06-08 at 5.41.02 pmAlso found this crevasse dwelling jumping spider in the grass later in the afternoon after the lawn mowing massacre.  The ground was just a scramble of insects trying to find new homes or prevent theirs from being looted by opportunists.

Flat Jumping Spider, Lycidas scutulatus – Western Australia

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The images above are only from the past couple of days.

The grey flat jumping spider looks almost like his tush was squished.  It was found by Mike in the kitchen.  Keeping it safe from harm (Wesley) I transported it to the yard and took a few snaps as it scuttled away.

The lycidas scutulatus was found in the front yard on a warm sunny morning. I think it might be a female, but it’s an uneducated guess at this stage!

The full moon shines on us.

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It’s dusk and Wesley is sleeping soundly (for now) tucked into bed.  There is a brilliant light that catches my eye as I turn to face the kitchen.  The moon is looming over the horizon, fat and swollen – it’s gigantic and rising quickly!  I stand still beneath the gumtrees and admire it.

I love seeing the face of the moon, it’s so beautiful.

Metamorphosis of a Butterfly

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Today we got to witness the final stages of metamorphosis for one of the monarch butterflies hanging in our kitchen.  Although the emergence was quite sudden, the darkening actually took about 24 hours to complete.  We’d been rushing over and checking on it often to make sure we were able to watch the final show.  It did not disappoint!

Such spectacular colours. 

Have you had the pleasure of watching this in person?

Jumping Spider Courtship Dance

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This afternoon I witnessed this little jumping spider desperately try to capture the attention of his female love interest.  He may have been putting on the moves too quick… In the end she literally jumped off the leaf and left him there alone, with a broken heart.

Prior to this encounter, I thought the amazing videos I’d seen floating around the internet of peacock spiders dancing and then mating, would have been hard to film and required plenty of time in the bush observing the spiders with infinite patience.  I’m super patient, and have scouted for a few years but never saw anything that looked like courtship until today.