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What

Weevils Superfamily Curculionoidea

Observer

jtweed

Date

July 5, 2020 02:28 PM NZST

Description

Beaten from Carmichaelia petriei. Seemed to be particularly common on dead portions of the plant but that may have been coincidental.

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What

Acalyptrate Flies Zoosubsection Acalyptratae

Observer

jtweed

Date

July 5, 2020 02:25 PM NZST

Description

Many of these beaten from Carmichaelia petriei.

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Observer

jtweed

Date

July 5, 2020 09:23 PM NZST

Description

Pupa formed after parasitising a geometrid caterpillar. Caterpillar was found, and being reared, on Coprosma dumosa. See observation here (https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/45343335) for the date of collection of the caterpillar. The caterpillar formed its own pupa before and a few days later the pupa for this fly appeared in the container next to it (having fed on and destroyed the caterpillar pupa). Caterpillar assumed to be Austrocidaria sp. based on host plant and morphology.

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What

Fragrant Tree Daisy Olearia fragrantissima

Observer

jtweed

Date

July 5, 2020 03:16 PM NZST

Place

Otago, NZ (Google, OSM)

Description

Several plants growing in coastal scrub.

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Narrow-leaved Lacebark Hoheria angustifolia

Observer

jtweed

Date

July 5, 2020 03:13 PM NZST

Description

Single plant amongst coastal scrub.

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Observer

jtweed

Date

July 5, 2020 02:51 PM NZST

Description

Beaten from Carmichaelia petriei.

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Observer

jtweed

Date

July 5, 2020 02:26 PM NZST

Description

Beaten from Carmichaelia petriei. Found sheltering in an empty seed pod beaten.

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Observer

jtweed

Date

July 5, 2020 02:21 PM NZST

Description

One large patch of these growing in coastal scrub. Not seen elsewhere.

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Observer

jtweed

Date

July 4, 2020 08:54 PM NZST

Description

Found spotlighting at night. Seems to be feeding on a small Cambridgea sp.

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Observer

jtweed

Date

June 25, 2020 06:34 PM NZST

Description

Heavily mined leaf of a young Pseudopanax colensoi(?) seedling. Possibly Acrocerops sp.?

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What

Forest Semilooper Declana floccosa

Observer

jtweed

Date

June 18, 2020 08:25 PM NZST

Description

Attracted to hut window.

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Square

What

New Zealand Looper Epyaxa rosearia

Observer

jtweed

Date

June 18, 2020 08:37 AM NZST

Description

Attracted to hut window.

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Observer

jtweed

Date

June 17, 2020 02:36 PM NZST

Description

Attracted to tahr carcass.

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What

Daisybushes Genus Olearia

Observer

jtweed

Date

June 16, 2020 03:32 PM NZST

Description

Observation is for the leaves on the left of the first photo. Are the long, narrow leaves of the plant on the right juvenile foliage of the same species?

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What

Pineapple Scrub Dracophyllum menziesii

Observer

jtweed

Date

June 16, 2020 02:57 PM NZST

Description

Common on ridges in the subalpine/alpine zone.

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What

Lancewood Tree Daisy Olearia lacunosa

Observer

jtweed

Date

June 16, 2020 03:24 PM NZST

Description

One of only two plants seen during the week with these distinct leaves. Growing on the edge of a creek above the bushline/at the subalpine scrub level.

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What

Kea Nestor notabilis

Observer

jtweed

Date

June 16, 2020 02:46 PM NZST

Description

A group of five kea that kept us company while we were sitting in the tussock above the bushline. No leg bands seen.

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Observer

jtweed

Date

June 16, 2020 10:51 AM NZST

Description

Growing out of branch. Unsure what the host plant was (from the looks of the wood in the photo, it may have been a beech..?).

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What

Whio Hymenolaimus malacorhynchos

Observer

jtweed

Date

June 16, 2020 10:36 AM NZST

Description

Very tame pair found at junction of Troyte and Karangarua Rivers.

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What

Mygalomorphs Suborder Mygalomorphae

Observer

jtweed

Date

June 16, 2020 09:36 AM NZST

Description

Found under rock within grassland on river flat.

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What

South Island Tomtit Petroica macrocephala ssp. macrocephala

Observer

jtweed

Date

June 15, 2020 11:58 AM NZST

Description

Relatively common along along the tracks within the valley.

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What

Wolf Spiders Family Lycosidae

Observer

jtweed

Date

June 15, 2020 09:23 AM NZST

Description

Relatively common on scree slopes in the subalpine zone. Vagrant spider?

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What

Gall and Forest Midges Family Cecidomyiidae

Observer

jtweed

Date

June 15, 2020 09:23 AM NZST

Description

Found within a Carpodetus serratus (marbleleaf) gall.

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Square

What

Forest Semilooper Declana floccosa

Observer

jtweed

Date

June 15, 2020 09:21 AM NZST

Description

Caught flying over hut lawn.

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Observer

jtweed

Date

June 15, 2020 09:20 AM NZST

Description

Resting on veranda of hut.

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Square

What

Himalayan Tahr Hemitragus jemlahicus

Observer

jtweed

Date

June 14, 2020 03:51 PM NZST

Description

Common in the valley.

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Observer

jtweed

Date

June 14, 2020 02:50 PM NZST

Description

Found pulled out of ground on scree slope. Presumably either dropped during tahr browsing activity or dislodged as they were climbing around the slopes.

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What

Mountain Carrot Gingidia montana

Observer

jtweed

Date

June 14, 2020 02:49 PM NZST

Description

Found pulled out of ground on scree slope. Presumably either dropped during tahr browsing activity or dislodged as they were climbing around the slopes.

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What

Kea Nestor notabilis

Observer

jtweed

Date

June 14, 2020 02:17 PM NZST

Description

Three kea that kept us company while we were skinning a tahr. No leg bands seen.

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What

Whio Hymenolaimus malacorhynchos

Observer

jtweed

Date

June 14, 2020 09:10 AM NZST

Description

Pair of whio feeding their way up the pool in front of Lame Duck hut.

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