The Bogong Moth Prepares to Migrate
Do you remember seeing the mass of Bogong Moths invade your neighbourhood? Perhaps you have seen them in the house around your pantry or clothes cupboard?
If you live along their migratory path, Bogong Moths will visit your backyard on their way to the alpine region where they will spend summer.
Gardening for our Beautiful Butterflies
Butterflies are a welcome addition to any garden and like many native buddies, need all the help they can get to make sure they remain regular backyard guests.
Attracting and keeping butterflies around your yard is a cinch. Butterflies go through a number of different lifecycle changes but they always need food, shelter from the wind and a drink of water to keep them going.
Aussie Summer Concert
It’s not an Aussie summer without the deafening concert of thousands of cicadas. Around October, you can see the first empty shell of a newly hatched cicada on a tree trunk or your fence.
They will soon fill the air with their song before they disappear again for winter. But where have they been during the colder months?
Common Brown Butterflies
What's in a Name?
Fluttering through gardens, parks and bushland, this beautiful buddy deserves a better name than ‘Common Brown’. So make sure to give it some extra love during this hot summer to make up for the poor name it was given—it’s actually much more attractive than its name suggests, and is a very important buddy.
The Common Brown Butterfly is one buddy already experiencing the effects of warming temperatures as their eggs are hatching earlier and earlier each year. Prolonged drought and bushfires are also unfortunately set to increase with the effects of climate change in Australia.
Dainty Swallowtail Butterflies
A Dainty Visitor Loves Your Lemons!
The Dainty Swallowtail Butterfly is also known as the Dingy Swallowtail or Small Citrus Butterfly - but it isn't dingy at all! You'll see these stunning butterflies in flight right up until May.
Adult Dainty Swallowtails are a lovely sight to see. Look out for them near citrus plants. They are black with grey, white, and smaller blue and red spots on their wings, and yellow markings along their bodies. The female's wingspan is up to 7.2 cm while the male is slightly smaller, with his growing up to 6.7 cm.
The Littlest Dragons Zooming Around!
If you like spotting birds and watching their exciting acrobatics, you will absolutely love watching dragonflies. The way they wheel, zoom, change direction mid-air and flutter is truly a sight to see.
Little Helpers are Swarming In
As the days get warmer, colourful Ichneumon Wasps become a common sight in many Aussie backyards, hovering above your lawn on a warm day or trying to mate with your orchids.
These striking, stingless insects are Mother Nature’s pest control for your garden and provide fascinating entertainment for those prepared to sit still and watch the show.
Not Only a Good Bug but a GREAT Bug!
Many people don't like creepy crawlies for one reason or another. But did you know that some bugs are not only good bugs but great bugs that will actually eat up other insects and keep your overall bug numbers down? Such a buddy is the Green Lacewing.
This fascinating insect is as helpful as it is pretty. The larvae of the Green Lacewing is a very efficient method of bug control for your garden, and they grow into delicate, winged beauties. Their vivid green colour and distinctive wings make them easy to spot. So if you see a little green spot moving through your garden this month, don't fret. Rejoice!
Mantids Pray for Mates and Mossies
You may see them in the grass, among leaves, on walls, near lights at night or in your veggie patch. Wherever there are insects to eat you might find a mantid.
There are about 2,000 different species across the world, ranging from 10 to 120 millimetres in body length and their characteristic way of standing with forelegs held together as if they were praying. Only the males have wings fit to fly, helping them to get around looking for a mate.
Right now, for just six weeks, the stunning Wanderer or Monarch Butterfly lives its short, busy life in many Australian backyards across Australia.
Looking at these beautiful butterflies you may ask yourself – at what time does an immigrant become a native?