I've been watching for these critters to appear since the start of spring.
They haven't put in an appearance.
A friend said they had seen some on the 21st.
I went for a look at my "main site" on the 22nd and there was heaps of them over the Willow in the area.
They were not there on the 18th
Many more by the 24th
Looking back at my records last year (the first time at Travis) they appeared around the same date.
They were also on Harakeke
Daphnia with eggs.
Travis has become flooded.
Water in places that would not "normally" see it.
Amazing to find aquatic life in abundance in places that would normally be dry.
Took a water sample in the flooded usual dry area of Travis Wetland.
All sorts of beasties in it.
Orb web built in reeds.
Cor Vink agrees but also suggests Cyclosa fuliginata an Aussie sp. that is turning up in ChCh.
I'll go and try and find it again.
Quite a lot of these ballooning of reeds.
Travis has been flooded the last week or so.
Possibly a reason for these little less than 5mm total length to appear.
Plenty of them walking on the water as well.
Thanks Cor Vink for the probable id.
Feeding on the honey dew from Giant Willow Aphid
Travis is flooded at present.
This Galaxiid was swimming on it's side and upside down quite a way from any of the permanent waterways.
growing well through exotic grass, eleocharis, buttercup and Lotus pedunculatus (see pods); in fen wetland
in fen wetland - just a few leaves among the introduced creeping butt. ercup. this was in fact originally reintroduced here from a population discovered out in the middle of the wetland - among Carex secta, but not seen there recently. water tables have changed with earthquakes in last 7 years.
also a rather old 'flower'; in fen wetland
I counted 7 totara through the Millenium Forest (planted in 2000) with immature fruits and 2 with male cones - out of several dozen. totara often seems quite slow to mature. this one has been recorded a few times over the last 2-3 years and is quite laden with fruit. I note that it seems somewhat unhealthy (yellowish) and wonder if it is a stress response - the fruiting, as with a matai reported recently from Aynsley Tce
often hear them singing around here, but always difficult to photo !
seem to be in full fruit now
can't resist photographing these beautiful birds
OMG - this is so thick here now. and all around a number (ungrazed) pond margins. 3rd picture about 70m SSE overlooking ephemeral ponds (east of "Wetland Walkway"). phenology close to immature fruit - so a small control window before these fruits mature and are dispersed everywhere by birds!
regeneration of poroporo after someone set fire to a cabbage tree on edge of track which spread into a few surrounding bushes - about a year ago
path edge of planted bush