52 Critters: Critter #4 – Hibiscus Harlequin Bug

Fourth critter as part of the 52 Critters project:

Common Name: Hibiscus Harlequin Bug
Scientific NameTectocoris diophthalmus
Critter found at: City Botanic Gardens, Brisbane, Australia

These rather brilliantly coloured bugs are a common event in Brisbane and are most commonly found clustered on Hibiscus plants (thus the name). I’m not sure what the little hitchhiker critter is but it could possibly be a larval Harlequin Bug.

As a bonus here’s a photo of some tiny droplets sitting on a Hibiscus flower:

Photo Trip: Wet Day Out

Raindrops keep falling...

I wanted to go for another photo trip last weekend but I hit a problem. It was raining. It had been raining all day Saturday and come Sunday morning it wasn’t looking much better. But it wasn’t heavy rain. It was extremely light hazy rain with small bursts of heavier downpours. After mulling it over a bit I decided to risk it, packed appropriate water protection gear and headed off to the Mt Coot-tha Botanical Gardens for the afternoon.

I’m glad I did. The risk was entirely worth it as the overcast sky provided an excellent diffused light source and rain was so light I barely needed the water protection. The brief periods it did get heavy enough I simply took shelter in one of the many covered seating areas the gardens provide. None of them last for more than 10 minutes.

The results were pretty positive and I’d like to share them below.

Coming in for a landing

Bee is not as in focus as I’d like but the shot seems to come together pretty well.

Zoooooooooom

Water droplets in these flowers serve to magnify the inner parts.

Orange is where its at

Bug just hanging out on a leafy stem.

Colour clash

Local vegetation and this bug provided quite the colour clash.

Trapped

Water droplets suspended in a spiders web.

Vibrant fire

Brilliantly red/orange leaves.

Perfect bed

Finally a bee enjoying a water soaked flower.

There are several other shots from this day over in the Wet Day Out gallery.