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Moth species 2

Monday, May 27, 2013  at 7:31 AM 0 comments

An unidentified moth species.

Orchard Swallowtail - Papilio aegeus

Sunday, May 26, 2013  at 8:50 PM 0 comments
A male Orchard Swallowtail butterfly.

This little fellow barely kept still long enough for me to take a photo of it. They have become less frequently sighted in town. They are normally sighted around dense foliage laying eggs or eating from plants and usually around Spring until late Summer. They seem to prefer and are more commonly sighted in or near a permanent water supply, like the Tenterfield Creek.

Eastern Dwarf Tree Frog - Litoria fallax

  at 8:05 PM 0 comments
These guys are supposed to be no bigger than 30mm in size but this one was huge at about 6 - 7cm in length. These photos were taken of the frog on my front door on the 25th March 2013. The frog had apparently came from the back garden and went through the house toward the front, as it has loose hairs around it's feet. Fortunately it was only a few strands of hair and it will not deter the frog too much.

The frog allowed me to take very close up photos of itself. I slowly and gently shooed the frog into my front garden which took 5 minutes.

I have seen normal sized versions of these frogs years ago but that was years ago. This species seems to have grown in size since I've lived in this dwelling (since 1999). They seem to be quite timid still, but are rarely seen now. When they are seen they are most active at night. That is when they move around the place to be closer to better camouflage or denser foliaged plants.

The colour of this frog is identical to that of a green peach tree leaf. Some of the markings on this frog indicates it has been slightly injured on it's back perhaps by a predator. The semi circle mark/indent on it's back, between it's ears, is not supposed to be there.

Another feature that appears to be present on this giant species is the ridges running down it's back on either side of it's body. It's ear shape is different to the normal sized version of this species. But apart from these minor differences it looks identical to the Eastern Dwarf Tree Frog in appearance.

Butterfly species 1

Saturday, May 18, 2013  at 12:06 AM 0 comments
Large Black and white species.

Despite the Grey Fantail and other bird in this video, I followed 2 large Black and White butterflies around my neighbour's garden. One appeared to be laying eggs and the other fertilizing them but could be wrong. They were flapping their wings too fast to get a photo of them, even a screenshot from this video.



This species is rare in Tenterfield and was taken in Spring of 2012. Only 2 individuals of this species has been recorded/sighted in the south-western part of town. Hopefully next Summer will see an increase in these beautiful butterflies. They take their time flying about and have a wingspan of about 13cms. They are the largest butterfly I've seen in Tenterfield to date.
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