With ripe fruiting bodies.
Common forest floor and corticolous sp where mountain beech forest occurs
Underside ranging white to black with prominent pseudocyphellae.
Thallus margins entire, surface glabrous, shallowly wrinkled - bullate.
Does not appear to be the silvery mountain astelia but has distinctive silvery [hirsute] edges to lamina. Very attractive plant with contrasting dark central vein/nerve. See detail 2nd pic.
Hybrid? Or simply natural variation
Part of the sub-alpine bog community on Lewis Pass Saddle.
Large plant with leaves to 50mm across and up to 30cm long.
Habitat part of sub-alpine bog community.
In sub-alpine bog.
Small herb in sub-alpine bog community.
Fruiting stage. Tiny fleshy dark fruit.
Leaves opposite, obovate, vaguely dentate.
Commonest weed in Marlborough and North Canterbury back hills.
Leaf buds with small ovate sinus.
Elevation is quite high for this sp.
Unsure of species. Leaves sparse, alternate, very small, to c. 10mm long, weakly dentate.
Flowers pendulous, white, shaded pink at maturity, in clusters of 2-4, not terminal as in G rupestris.
Perhaps it's not this genus at all!
Large shiny leaves; in seed.
A bit overgrown with exotic weeds, clover, trefoil and grasses.
Heavily faveolate upper surface, yellow medulla, margins entire, undersurface with continuous tomentum, numerous small pseudocyphellae. Apothecia with red-brown disc with scabrid exciple.
ID? either this or Pseudocyphellaria poculifera depending on how one describes the marginal decoration.
Yellow medulla and yellow pseudocyphellae beneath amongst light coloured tomentum.
Margins with either soredia? or isidia? in yellow-gold.
Apothecia with ragged sorediate margins.
7-9 leaflets of glaucous-grey edged with reddish brown.
Flowers yellow-green, barbs short.
Stipes relatively free of scales.
Is the A inermis?
Tiny insect spotted on papers on indoors. Scale: Printed text is 1.0mm high.
Doesn't look like an aphid. Very active walker. Wrong shape for book louse.
Commonly, but erroneously, called the NZ Hibiscus, it does bear a similar flower.
Small wasp, about half the size of an Asian paper wasp and seems to be related to this type of wasp.
Banding on abdomen: one yellow anterior, large black, 4 yellow posterior seems possibly diagnostic.
Overall length c.10mm
Cannot find this one on Landcare's moth site. ID please. Wingspan of 11-12mm, under wing pale greyish with a few faint darker lines. Upper wing with distinctive [hopefully diagnostic] deep brown longitudinal marking with gold edging otherwise fairly plain but lightly freckled in shades of paler brown, outer wing lightly ribbed. Length not including antennae 10 mm. Body and thorax quite slim.
Deceased fruit fly which has apparently been attacked by a fungus.
Or is it? Not some exotic sp with fluffy striped body I trust.
Fly is approx 2mm in length.
Thickset, with long 'furry' scales and distinctive comma on the upper wing. Female.
Larger than a blowfly and often considerably bolder, this one quite happy to pose for closeups.
Notably striped on the thorax which doesn't show well in my pics.
I was thinking along the lines of large Tachinids but now have second thought.
Not particularly common in Travers Valley, less so with elevation.
This one corticolous. Typified by the abundant coralloid branches. Low on a beech tree.
Common form with hastate leaves.
Seed head on hook grass.
Unsure of sp, but it's the common one in Travers Valley
Small colonies of trees lakeside. Pretty sparse.
Divaricating non-directional lobes,
Leafless broom shrub c 1m high, this one with some cankers and no signs of fl or pods. Branches terete, finely grooved.
Seems to key to this sp. !?