Abundant

The Photo for the Week prompt: Abundant
The Ragtag Daily Prompt Monday: Rouse

When I first set foot on my bush property one thing I found was an abundance of Jumping Ants (Myrmecia pilosula) They have nests in the ground but also forage in trees. Yes they can jump 10cm or more. So it is not best to rouse Jumping Ants. As you can see, they are quite quick to emerge from the nest and attack.
You may wonder why, they are just ants. These Jumping Ants also have a very good pair of mandibles which can grip on quite hard and also have a sting.

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Yes, a sting!!! It is like having red hot needles inserted into you skin and a painful sting which can last for quite a few hours afterwards. Jumping Ants can be found almost every where in Australia but aren’t all that common in urban areas..

Related, unsurprisingly, to the Bullant who also have the ability to give you a nasty bite but their bite doesn’t last as long and only gives you a welt or two,

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Yes, Jumping Ants are in abundance still as they live in the bush or forest where I also live. Their nests can be up to 50cm high and up to 60cm in diameter. These nests are very solar energy efficient. The Jumping Ants also lie to decorate the outside of the nest with seeds, coloured gravel, charcoal, sticks and even the small invertebrates corpses they have slain.

They have excellent eye sight and I have seen them on leaves about to jump when I have been around a meter away. Jumping Ants will continue to advance until you are far away from their nest, probably about one kilometer lol

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It was the sheer number of Jumping Ants I encountered when I was clearing the land, fencing and building sheds and houses that gave rise to naming of my property.

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Durranbah is the indigenous name for Jumping Ants

 

 

A few favourites

Terri’s Sunday Stills: Your #Favourite Photo

I have a lot of favourites so to condense down to a few is a challenge in itself.

I love flower photography
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Blue-banded Bees are always a favouriteblue-banded_bee_basil_garden_named_caniaba_dec 2018
Rainbow Bee Eaters small and colourful190107_blog_challenge_birds_rainbow_bee-eaters
Orchard Swallowtail Butterflies are a treat to have in the garden190213_wordless_wednesday_orchard_swallowtail_butterfly
Getting photos of Royal Spoonbills was a quest completed181117_silent-sunday_royal-spoonbill_lawrence-wetland
The ever favourite water drop181220_blog challenge_light_water drop
Sunset is upon ussun_sky_fence_post_sihouettte_sunset_fire_named_caniaba_sept 2019
Just anothersunset2_orange_named_caniaba_march 2019
Grass seed heads are always a favouritegrass_seed_sunset_red_named_caniaba_may 2019
The Moon Flower that blooms on a Full Moon A favourite photo among lots of people171019_blog challenge_glow_moon flower
The Full Moon reflected on water somehow just grabs memoon_full_reflection_pool_named_caniaba_dec 2018

Waiting

The Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #72: Waiting

What was that that flashed past the kitchen window? A flash of white. Quick………grab the camera and outside into the garden.

Yes……it’s a Caper White Butterfly coming to feed on the Pentas flowers.

Get set……..focus…….wait for that butterfly in flight photo opportunity…..wait and wait
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It’s a flutter of wings……….will she fly this time…….or just reposition to get more nectar 191117_blog_challenge_waiting_caper white butterfly2
Don’t get distracted……….ohhh look……..a dragonfly191117_blog_challenge_waiting_dragonfly
Oh bugger…….she’s off this bunch of flowers…….where will she settle next?191117_blog_challenge_waiting_caper white butterfly3
Look…….over there……quick get focused as she is fluttering her wings again….maybe this time she will fly191117_blog_challenge_waiting_caper white butterfly4
Hurrah…….success…..it did take a bit of time waiting191117_blog_challenge_waiting_caper white butterfly5

The Architect

The Ragtag Daily Prompt Thursday: Architect

This world has many examples of great architecture designed by some of the most inventive and clever people. But not all of the best architects are people! Come and meet one such architect. One who builds from an aged design that has stood the test of time. A place to raise a family. A place that, unlike some of mankinds, is  eco-friendly, is made from all natural materials gathered without the use of hands and transported by mouth. Combined with a bit of “spit” and placed in an exacting way to create a tiny wonder.

Who could create a structure like this?
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Look here she comes now, placing her mud in just the right place
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Making sure it is in place and secure
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Then inspect the interior  smoothing out an lumps or bumps191115_blog_challenge_architect_wasp_nest4

Isn’t she one of the best architects?
The Australian Hornet is one of the group known as potter wasps. They are a solitary insect and feed on flower nectar – pollinator – and hunt caterpillars – good for your garden – which quite often end up in the mud house for their larvae to feed on once they hatch. The caterpillars and other grubs are not killed but are comatose and the Hornets larvae consume them live.
They rarely attack people and are not aggressive just big and scary until you get to know them.

This is September 2019

What a month September was. A month of fear of fires, another month of not much rain, watching the dam level drop and not being able to water the garden with the last bit of water in case I needed the water in case a fire appeared. The fires were not close, over 40kms away from my place but the sky and atmosphere was choked with smoke. A few rainfalls during the month helped alleviate my concerns, topped up my water tanks so I have enough water for my household needs and I have been watering the pot plants around the verandahs and in the house with the tank water. I also use this water to put in the various bird baths around the house as well as other water containers for the animals that may pop in and need a drink.

The downside is I am watching a lot of my garden die. Some palms that provide lovely shade for my house have already lost their tops and the others are struggling. Most of the garden is Australian native plants and some, like the lilli pillis are not looking all that flash. The Wallabies and Possums are also eating some of the garden plants so I may have to put fences around gardens so the new shoots appearing now the weather is warming don’t get nibbled.

There are a few photos to get through, so maybe a cup of tea, coffee or glass of wine or beer, depending when you are reading, Sit back and I hope you enjoy a scroll through my September.

I have found a few photogenic animals on my travels. The horses have already had their post and some others have appeared already as well but I have to put this fluffy Donkey in again.
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I love going past the dairy and seeing these beautiful cows.cow_dairy_named_kyogle_sept 2019
It is never good to see one of these ants on the verandah. Their bite is quite painful for such a small insect.ant_verandah_named_caniaba_sept 2019
I do enjoy finding a spiders web in the right light.spider_web_small_named_caniaba_sept 2019
The start of Spring has a few butterflies appearing. The Caper White Butterflies are migratory and this one is one of the first to arrive.butterfly_caper_white_named_caniaba_sept 2019
Meadow Argus are enjoying the early Spring flowers on the Pittosporum. butterfly_meadow_argus_named_home_jackadgery_sept 2019
The Stingless Native Bees certainly loved the Rocket flowers.bee_stingless_native_flower_rocket_named_caniaba_sept_2019
As did the honey bees.bee_flower_rocket_named_caniaba_sept_2019
Flies are pollinators as well. This one was in a nursery we went to in Byron Bay. There were lots of other insects on the flowers too.fly_insect_flower_nursery_named_byron_bay_sept 2019
Saw this amazing flower but forgot to write down the name, sorry.flower_petals_nursery_named_byron_bay_sept 2019
The Cacti were in bloom as well.flower_pink_cacti_nursery_named_byron_bay_sept 2019
Yes it is a bud, a very weird hairy bud. Can you guess what flower may appear from this in my besties garden?poppy_flower_bud_named_caniaba_sept 2019
The yellow Poppy enjoyed the sunshine.flower_poppy_yellow_named_caniaba_sept 2019
Here is the hairy buds flower, a red Poppy.flower_poppy_red_named_caniaba_sept 2019
Spring brings out the Begonia flowersflower_begonia_verandah_named_caniaba_sept 2019
And the Bottlebrush are starting to look fabulous at my besties but mine are having a hard time and the bushes haven’t looked like flowering yet.bottlebrush_flower_named_caniaba_sept 2019
Her Roses are looking wonderful. This one is a Double Delight just opening.flower_rose_double_delight1_named_caniaba_sept 2019
This Double Delight is open showing lovely delicate colours.flower_rose_double_delight2_named_caniaba_sept 2019
My White Fig tree is struggling a bit in the dry weather. The figs often drop their leaves at this time of year. The ground is covered in the yellow and orange leaves.leaves_white_fig_colours_named_home_jackadgery_sept 2019
It also likes to show its true Aussie colours of Green and Goldleaves_white_fig_named_home_jackadgery_sept 2019

There are lots of birds around at the moment too. The Red-browed Firetails are cruising the grass eating the seeds
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The Straw-necked Ibis are also wandering about looking for grubs in the paddocks.straw-necked ibis_ named_caniaba_sept 2019
I have a few Australian Ravens who have a walk about the garden looking for snacks.australian_raven_named_home_jackadgery_sept 2019

We saw some Chestnut-breasted Mannikins down the road. They must have followed us home as later on I saw around 20 to 30 sitting in the fence.
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The King Parrots are enjoying the last of the seeds in the Leopard Tree.king_parrot_garden_named_home_jackadgery_sept 2019

The Mistletoe Bird has wonderful red colours.
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Remember the Willie Wagtails nest that was destroyed by something a month or so ago? Well they found a safe place and have raised three chicks. Only a mother could love a baby like this.willie_wagtail_chick_nest_named_caniaba_sept 2019
The Welcome Swallows have four chicks in two nests at my besties under the verandah. They are always hungry.welcome_swallows_chicks_feeding_named_caniaba_sept_2019
Some years, Welcome Swallows have two nestings. Here comes another feather to line the nest for the next lot of babies.welcome swallow_feather_nest_named_caniaba_sept 2019

 

The Restless Flycatchers like to patrol the fence lines in the morning.satin_flycatcher_fence_named_caniaba_sept 2019
As the season was so bad I felt sorry for the birds and put a container of food out every now and then. The Currawongs tended to dominate but one morning a small flock of Satin Bowerbirds turned up. I have never seen so many bower birds together. These are females and juveniles. The male sat by and kept watch from a nearby branch.satin_bowerbirds_verandah_named_home_jackadgery_sept 2019
A lot of the birds at my place are not hanging around the house as there isn’t much food in the garden. Normally the grevilleas are full of flowers but a lack of rain has seen a reduced number of grevillea flowers. There are a lot of birds down the lower part of my property at the waterhole. A Yellow-faced Honeyeater and a White-throated Honeyeater enjoy a drink together.waterhole_drinking_yellow_faced_honeyeater_white_throated_honeyeater_named_home_jackadgery_sept 2019
The little Striated Honeyeater just jumped straight into the bird bath.striated_thornbill_bird_bath_diving_named_caniaba_sept 2019
Whereas the White-throated Honeyeater just dived straight in.white-throated honeyeater_bird_bath_diving_named_caniaba_sept 2019
This is the first time I have seen a Little Friarbird and a Noisy Friarbird together.friarbirds_noisy_little_bird_bath_named_caniaba_sept 2019
A female Olive-backed Oriel came to the bird bath for the first time at my besties.olive-backed oriel_female_bird_bath_named_caniaba_sept 2019
The Male shows why they are Olive-backed Oriels.olive-backed oriel_back_bird_bath_named_caniaba_sept 2019
He doesn’t look to pleased to see me with my camera does he?olive-backed oriel_looking_bird_bath_named_caniaba_sept 2019
Everyone like the Australian Raven skipping down the hill last month. How about a Silver Gull dancing? gull_dance_named_brunswick_heads_sept 2019
AS I said, the sky was been choked with smoke from the fires. I couldn’t quite capture the red sun at sunset one afternoonsun_red_named_jackadgery_sept 2019
Other sunsets were quite orange.sunset_red_named_caniaba_sept 2019
or a blaze of yellow!sunset_fires_named_caniaba_sept 2019
The smoke mixed with cloud made for some interesting shapes and spooky atmosphere.sunset_fires_orange_named_caniaba_sept 2019
Well here we are at the end. The grass seed heads made a lovely part of the afternoons walk. When I looked at the photo on the computer screen, there was, I think, a Grasshopper winging away for the night.sunsegrass_seeds_insect_named_caniaba_sept 2019

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed my September.

Also a contribution to Su’s The Changing Seasons