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Trombidiidae, Red Velvet Mite

Trombidiidae, Red Velvet Mite sometimes known as true velvet mite or rain bugs.

Various species widespread around the world. Small Arachnids typically found in leaf litter. As adults they are active predators.
Photographed in Southern Highlands, NSW, Australia

Taxonomy
Class: Arachnida
Subclass: Acari
Order: Trombidiformes
Superfamily: Trombidioidea
Family: Trombidiidae

Plague Soldier Beetle, Chauliognathus lugubris

Plague Soldier Beetle, Chauliognathus lugubris. Mating swarm on timber post. Southern Highlands, NSW. Native to Australia. Flattened body approx 15mm long. Iridescent green elytra.
Taxonomy
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Cantharidae
Genus: Chauliognathus
Species: C. lugubris

Plague Soldier Beetle, Chauliognathus lugubris

Plague Soldier Beetle, Chauliognathus lugubris. Mating swarm on timber post. Southern Highlands, NSW. Native to Australia. Flattened body approx 15mm long. Iridescent green elytra.
Taxonomy
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Cantharidae
Genus: Chauliognathus
Species: C. lugubris

Plague Soldier Beetle, Chauliognathus lugubris

Plague Soldier Beetle, Chauliognathus lugubris. Mating swarm on timber post. Southern Highlands, NSW. Native to Australia. Flattened body approx 15mm long. Iridescent green elytra.
Taxonomy
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Cantharidae
Genus: Chauliognathus
Species: C. lugubris

Plague Soldier Beetle, Chauliognathus lugubris

Plague Soldier Beetle, Chauliognathus lugubris. Mating swarm on garden plant pot. Southern Highlands, NSW. Native to Australia. Flattened body approx 15mm long. Iridescent green elytra.
Taxonomy
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Cantharidae
Genus: Chauliognathus
Species: C. lugubris

Plague Soldier Beetle, Chauliognathus lugubris

Plague Soldier Beetle, Chauliognathus lugubris. Mating swarm on garden plant pot. Southern Highlands, NSW. Native to Australia. Flattened body approx 15mm long. Iridescent green elytra.
Taxonomy
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Cantharidae
Genus: Chauliognathus
Species: C. lugubris

Huntsman Spider, Family - Sparassidae

Large adult Huntsman Spider, Family - Sparassidae, formerly Heteropodidae. Possibly female due to robust build and size of palps - Holconia vasta. Specific species ID uncertain as there are a number of similar Hunstman spider in the region such as Heteropoda venatoria and a number of others in the Isopeda genus. Close up view of face showing palpus and two rows of eyes.
NSW, Australia

Laughing Kookaburra, Dacelo novaeguineae

Adult Laughing Kookaburra, (Dacelo novaeguineae) perched on tree branch. Terrestrial tree kingfishers native to Australia and New Guinea

Laughing Kookaburra, Dacelo novaeguineae

Adult Laughing Kookaburra, (Dacelo novaeguineae) perched on tree branch. Terrestrial tree kingfishers native to Australia and New Guinea

Grey Fantail, Rhipidura fuliginosa plus Kookaburra

Small Grey Fantail bird in tree being watched by large Laughing Kookaburra sitting on branch in background. Southern Highlands, NSW, Australia
Grey Fantail taxonomy:
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Rhipiduridae
Genus: Rhipidura