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Housefly
Musca domestica

Description: Red Compound eye, body covered in hair-like projections, gray thorax, four dark lines on back. Males are smaller than females.
Behaviour: Active during the day and rest at night. They can fly several kilometres from their breeding place.
Development: Females can lay 75 - 120 batches of eggs, with each batch containing approx 500 white eggs. After a day, larvae hatch from the eggs and feed on organic material, such as garbage.
Body Length: 8-12 mm.
Diet: Flies have taste sensors on their feet. Houseflies only can consume liquid or semi-liquid substances. They spit saliva on solid food in order to predigest it, they then suck it back in through their spongy mouth tube.
Habitat: Widely spread, found all over the world.
Status: Secure.
Notes: Lifespan is between 2-4 weeks.

 

Bladda Cicada
Bladder Cicada
Cystosoma saundersii

Description: Green body, leaf shaped wings, yellow/brown compound eye, males have an enlarged hollow abdomen.
Behaviour: Loud deep sounding voice. Sings at dusk to early evening. Song that lasts for up to 30 minutes.
Development: Females female their lays eggs in the shoots of trees.
Body Length: Male 45-50mm, female 30-35mm.
Habitat: Forests and thick garden foliage.
Status: Secure.
Notes: The Male amplify their sound using their enlarged hollow abdomen. They vibrate two membranes in their abdomens. The song is used to attract females.  Female cicadas make no sound.


Dragonfly

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Common Flatwing Damselfly
Common Flatwing Damselfly
Austroargiolestes icteromelas

Description: Long, slender bodies; mostly bright metallic greenish black in colour. They have two pairs of net-like wings.
Behaviour: When resting they hold theirs wings horizontally like a dragonfly (which differs to other damselflies).
Lifespan: Adults live for a few weeks to several months
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Development: Females lays eggs in water. Eggs hatch into nymphs.
Wingspan: 55-70 mm.
Diet: Adults feed on small flying insects, while nymphs feed on mosquito larvae and other small aquatic organisms.
Habitat: Creeks and slow moving rivers.
Threats: Cats.
Status: Secure.


Hibiscus Harlequin Bug
Hibiscus Harequin Bug
Tectocoris diophthalmus

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Body Length: 15-20mm.
Diet: Sucks sap from hibiscus plants by piercing the stems of young shoots.  
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Snow Ball Large Mealybug
Snow Ball Large Mealybug


This particular Snow Ball Large Mealybug has lost the white coating that gives it its name. 


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