If there's any one out there who had come across these little beasties ... and they are little, 15 mm, that's half an inch approx ... drop me a comment?
It must be the season for them because this one was one of four on the same trunk.
Another extremely interesting insect, a kind of wasp I think, turned up the day after I first saw this one.
The only photo I could get is very blurry but I assure you it's the operator's climb up the learning curve trying to catch a moving target.
Then I noticed that the insect had a couple of white tipped, flexible feelers with which it was feeling all over the bark surface for holes or depressions.
Whenever it found a suitable one, it curled its ovipositor under and forward and (presumably) inserted an egg in the depression.
Seeing a slight resemblance to the orchid dupe wasp, I wonder now whether this one wasn't feeling for caterpillars under the bark, and filling them with her own eggs. And so it was, when I looked it up and followed the links to this one ... a shot from the
http://www.brisbaneinsects.com site, these wasps
parasitise moth eggs.
|The Banded Feeler Parasite Wasp|
And there was me thinking the weather was too cold for much activity!