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Aphids Family Aphididae

Observer

memopob

Date

March 16, 2017

Description

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.

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Bladder ketmia Hibiscus trionum

Observer

memopob

Date

March 26, 2017

Description

Commonly, but erroneously, called the NZ Hibiscus, it does bear a similar flower.

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European Tube Wasp Ancistrocerus gazella

Observer

memopob

Date

March 23, 2017

Description

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

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Lyre Moth Cnephasia jactatana

Observer

memopob

Date

March 25, 2017

Description

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.

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Fungi including Lichens Kingdom Fungi

Observer

memopob

Date

March 8, 2017

Description

Deceased fruit fly which has apparently been attacked by a fungus.
Or is it? Not some exotic sp with fluffy striped body I trust.
Comments please.
Fly is approx 2mm in length.

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Observer

memopob

Date

March 16, 2017

Description

Thickset, with long 'furry' scales and distinctive comma on the upper wing. Female.

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Observer

memopob

Date

March 13, 2017

Description

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.

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Observer

memopob

Date

March 5, 2017

Description

Not particularly common in Travers Valley, less so with elevation.

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Observer

memopob

Date

March 6, 2017

Description

This one corticolous. Typified by the abundant coralloid branches. Low on a beech tree.

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memopob

Date

March 6, 2017

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Scrambling pohuehue Muehlenbeckia complexa

Observer

memopob

Date

March 6, 2017

Description

Common form with hastate leaves.

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Hook Grass Carex uncinata

Observer

memopob

Date

March 6, 2017

Description

Seed head on hook grass.
Unsure of sp, but it's the common one in Travers Valley

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Southern Rata Metrosideros umbellata

Observer

memopob

Date

March 6, 2017

Description

Small colonies of trees lakeside. Pretty sparse.

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Observer

memopob

Date

March 6, 2017

Description

Divaricating non-directional lobes,

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NZ common broom Carmichaelia australis

Observer

memopob

Date

March 6, 2017

Description

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. !?

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Odd Leaved Orchid Aporostylis bifolia

Observer

memopob

Date

March 6, 2017

Description

With seed capsules

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Observer

memopob

Date

March 5, 2017

Description

Seems to have too many rows [6-7] of bracts to be L fastigiatum

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Observer

memopob

Date

March 5, 2017

Description

Attractive golden jelly. Not obviously associated to any higher plant. Rock seepage habitat.

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Green Cushion Mountain Daisy Celmisia bellidioides

Observer

memopob

Date

March 5, 2017

Description

Forms loose mats. Leaves semi-succulent, obovate, glabrous, faintly notched. Flower stipes with numerous bracts. End of flowering season.

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Observer

memopob

Date

March 5, 2017

Description

Florets red, barbs very short, stipe glabrous, leaflets only 3-5, glaucous, simply serrate, not deeply incised, margins reddish.

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dwarf gentians Genus Gentianella

Observer

memopob

Date

March 5, 2017

Description

Very dark stemmed and dwarf height. That may only be due to elevation 100m short of Travers Saddle.

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Groundsels Genus Senecio

Observer

memopob

Date

March 5, 2017

Description

Is this Senecio lyallii?
Flower overexposed sorry.

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Observer

memopob

Date

March 5, 2017

Description

Branch tips more floret-like than eximia, but forms similar 'vege sheep' clumps on scree.

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Mountain Shield Fern Polystichum cystostegium

Observer

memopob

Date

March 5, 2017

Description

Number of scales on stipe much decreased and are longer and skinnier than than P vestitum.
Pinnae more compact, foliage lighter green, alpine situ.

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Observer

memopob

Date

March 5, 2017

Description

Leaf bud with diagnostic sinus 2nd pic.

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Observer

memopob

Date

March 5, 2017

Description

Seems to key closest to O virgata var implicita which has capitulum of only 2-3 florets as this specimen has.
Shrub to 1.5m with orbicular leaves, heavily floccose beneath and Compositae fl.
This sp was not present in Cupola Basin, just one valley to N. on same range.
Principal difference from O odorata the next closest involved capitula with 20-40 florets.

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Pāhautea Libocedrus bidwillii

Observer

memopob

Date

March 5, 2017

Description

A few cedars in a very small zone near mouth of Cupola Valley, Nelson Lakes NP. Nice to see huge mature specimens as well as this trackside juvenile.

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Gilled Mushrooms Order Agaricales

Observer

memopob

Date

March 4, 2017

Description

About 60mm across. Cap surface with slightly raised darker spots, gills white, collared.
Agaricus bambusae or similar ???

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pixie cup lichens Genus Cladonia

Observer

memopob

Date

March 4, 2017

Description

Multiple tiny fruiting bodies bright red.
Spindles with fine squamules.

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Spider Orchids Genus Corybas

Observer

memopob

Date

March 4, 2017

Description

The cordate leaves are most likely C confusus [was Corybas 'round leaf' aka Nematoceras 'round leaf'].
C confusus is usually found at elevated sites and is known from the St Arnaud Range.

However specific ID is not possible without the flowers.

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