Frogs make a splash on night stalk.
The temperature was still over 35C when we met for a night stalk on January 27, 2012. Frogs were the last animal we expected to see, but we must have encountered more than a dozen of them. The Moaning Frog, Heleioporus eyrei, above, is a burrowing frog and makes a low moaning call during autumn.
Take a look at some of the other critters we found that night. And why not join us on our next night stalk, planned for March 2012?
This South-western Spiny-tailed Gecko, Strophurus spinigerus, was seen on the trunk of a Banksia menziesii.
At only 10mm long, the colours of this moth, Thudaca campylota, were hard to see without magnification.
The Garden Orb-weavers, Eriophora transmarina, seemed particularly large on this night.
The caterpillars of this moth, Leptocneria reducta, feed on the leaves of the Cape Lilac Tree.
Several Common Eucalypt Longicorns, Phoracantha semipunctata, were seen in the same area.
This is one of our beautiful native cockroaches, Euzosteria subverrucosa.