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What

New Zealand Giant Stick Insect Argosarchus horridus

Observer

pjd1

Date

April 7, 2019 09:09 PM NZST

Description

Noted on glass window of house. Observation made by Dianne Gregory-Hunt and emailed to me for confirmation of species. Apparently these very large stick insects are quite common on Rangihaute / Rangiauria / Pitt Island. However, I have not yet seen one on any of the islands.

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Observer

pjd1

Date

March 19, 2019 03:10 PM NZDT

Description

Foliicolous on tawa (Beilschmiedia tawa) in dense riparian forest. Associated with Strigula fossulicola - see https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/22225030.

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Observer

pjd1

Date

March 19, 2019 03:10 PM NZDT

Description

Common on the leaves of tawa (Beilschmiedia tawa). Mostly noted along the damaged portions of the leaf margins. Pycnidia and perithecia present.

Determination provisional.

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Observer

pjd1

Date

April 7, 2019 08:33 AM NZST

Description

Another denizen of the front verandah ceiling.

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Observer

pjd1

Date

April 7, 2019 08:33 AM NZST

Description

Noted whilst painting ceiling of partially enclosed front verandah of bungalow. Not fussed about my painting around it - it never moved once. Body c. 8-10 mm long.

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What

Garden Pansy Viola wittrockiana

Observer

pjd1

Date

April 5, 2019 04:54 PM NZDT

Description

Another colour variant growing next to https://inaturalist.nz/observations/22011996 - these plants with flowers (measured top to bottom) of 12mm length.

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What

Garden Pansy Viola wittrockiana

Observer

pjd1

Date

April 5, 2019 04:54 PM NZDT

Description

Strict annual plants. These have appeared on my property and the adjacent neighbours (as seen here) for the last 18 years - each year the flower colour has varied from completely yellow to dark blue to 'tri-coloured' and combinations inbetween. Flower size has also reduced in size over the last ten years or so from 20-30 mm long (top to bottom) to 14-16 mm (as seen here).

Most plants died off for the season but these are a fresh 'batch' that popped up following some rain had a few weeks back.

This is the most common flower colour at this site.

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What

Plantain Moth Scopula rubraria

Observer

pjd1

Date

April 5, 2019 07:04 AM NZDT

Description

Noted flitting across recently mowed kikuyu (Cenchrus (Pennisetum) clandestinus) lawn next to Park Tennis Courts.

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Observer

pjd1

Date

March 19, 2019 02:07 PM NZDT

Description

Common on the fronds of Hymenophyllum dilalatum.

Voucher: P.J. de Lange 14371 & J. Clarkson, UNITEC 10611

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What

Common Grass Moth Orocrambus flexuosellus

Observer

pjd1

Date

April 2, 2019 07:19 AM NZDT

Description

One specimen spotted this morning on the underside of a leaf of Lophomyrtus ×ralphii - a shrub I have been watching now for two years for signs of Austropuccinia psidii (none seen yet obviously).

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What

Ethiopian Spleenwort Asplenium aethiopicum

Observer

pjd1

Date

April 1, 2019 04:35 PM NZDT

Description

Frond found lying in gutter. Oddly this is the exact same place where I found a sporeling growing out of a drainage pipe (5 October 2016 - see https://inaturalist.nz/observations/4274405) noting at the time that 'I have yet to find the 'parent' plant(s) source for this foreign fern in Mt Albert. In the meantime this is the third occurrence of young plants of this species I have found in the suburb'. I still haven't found the adult in situ but I assume that this frond was knocked down / washed down the street in the torrential rain experienced throughout the day.

Voucher: P.J. de Lange 14367, UNITEC

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Observer

pjd1

Date

April 1, 2019 04:44 PM NZDT

Description

Common on the abaxial leaf surfaces of a cultivated Plagianthus regius subsp. chathamicus.

Voucher: P.J. de Lange 14369, UNITEC

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Observer

pjd1

Date

March 30, 2019

Description

Energetic, day flying moth noted scooting about painted weatherboards of house. Moth moving so quickly it was extremely difficult to get a fully focused image. I did my best....

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Observer

pjd1

Date

March 29, 2019 09:11 PM NZDT

Description

Noted on wall in house at 9 pm. Attracted to light in hallway (front door left open)

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pjd1

Date

March 20, 2019 01:42 PM NZDT

Description

Growing by public toilet block in dry stony soil.

I collected this thinking it was Veronica javanica - not so sure of that now. However, I am struggling to get my specimens to fit any of the other obvious weedy exotic Veronica in New Zealand. It is perhaps closest to V. arvensis (if you exclude V. javanica).

Flowers scarcely opening - a classic feature of V. javanica in New Zealand but the leaves are uncharacteristically hairy, the leaf margin dentation is not so sharp either, and the stems are not the usual dark purple / maroon colour.

Possibly affected by the fact it was growing in sub-optimal conditions in heavy shade.

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What

Graceful Parasol Macrolepiota clelandii

Observer

pjd1

Date

March 20, 2019 01:42 PM NZDT

Description

Or Chlorophyllum?

Occasional under gum trees (Eucalyptus viminalis) with an understorey of mahoe (Melicytus ramilforus subsp. ramiflorus).

Fruiting body 280-300 mm long. Stipe bulbous, tapering from base to apex, hollow, finely fibrillose, very pale brown, not obviously discolouring if bruised, outer layer if peel exposing white underside. Annulus upturned, upper surface very pale yellow, margins lacerate. Pileus plane with weak, slightly raised umbo, radially fibrillose, finely covered in appressed scales, these darkening toward centre, pileus margin rolled. Lamellae adnexed, regular, mostly white with a very pale yellowish cast.

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Observer

pjd1

Date

March 20, 2019 01:42 PM NZDT

Description

Common in leaf litter dominated by pines. Stipe white (discolouring very slowly to pale brown), hollow, very fragile, more or less with a bulbous base tapering gradually to pileus; gills white, pileus more or less flat, upper surfave white with brownish scales radiating in lines from pale brown, weakly raised centre.

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What

Fly Agaric Amanita muscaria

Observer

pjd1

Date

March 20, 2019 01:42 PM NZDT

Description

Occasional under pines (Pinus spp.)

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What

Earthballs Genus Scleroderma

Observer

pjd1

Date

March 20, 2019 01:42 PM NZDT

Description

A puff ball. Solitary under a mixed canopy of Acacia spp., mahoe (Melicytus ramiflorus subsp. ramiflorus), Pinus spp., kahikatoa (Leptospermum scoparium) and wheki (Dicksonia squarrosa).

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pjd1

Date

March 24, 2019 08:31 AM NZDT

Description

Resting on window on side of house.

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What

Boletes Family Boletaceae

Observer

pjd1

Date

March 20, 2019 01:42 PM NZDT

Description

Solitary. Coriaceous fruiting body noted under mahoe (Melicytus ramiflorus subsp. ramiflorus), kahikatoa (Leptospermum aff. scoparium) and karearo (Ripogonum scandens). Fruiting body orange-brown, pileus more of less flat with prominent marginal raised rim, pores orange-brown, stipe solid, somewhat bulbous and tapering.

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Observer

pjd1

Date

March 20, 2019 01:42 PM NZDT

Description

Common. Foliicolous on karearo (Ripogonum scandens).

Thallus foliicolous, continuous, smooth, grey-white to greenish-white, without marginal prothallus, campylidia uncommon, glaucescent, orientated in same direction, apothecia black, weakly pruinose; hypothecium bluish, 40-58 microns tall

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Observer

pjd1

Date

March 20, 2019 01:42 PM NZDT

Description

I think - colonial, minute fruiting bodies arising from rotting Eucalyptus log.

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What

Hypericum Rust Melampsora hypericorum

Observer

pjd1

Date

March 20, 2019 01:42 PM NZDT

Description

Uncommon - heavily infesting one of many Hypericum androsaemum seen along track side.

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Observer

pjd1

Date

March 20, 2019 01:42 PM NZDT

Description

Common on wheki (Dicksonia squarrosa).

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Observer

pjd1

Date

March 20, 2019 01:42 PM NZDT

Description

Uncommon. In leaf litter above stream. Canopy dominated by exotic Eucalyptus and Pines.

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Observer

pjd1

Date

March 20, 2019 01:42 PM NZDT

Description

Would love to know what this really is. Hitherto only seen something like this on Rarotonga (Cook Islands). I don't think this is a lichen or a fungus Cotton Blue doesn't stain the 'thallus'). I think it is an algae of some sort.

Any comments, identifications appreciated.

Common on the leaves of a planted Camellia growing in a Rhododendron / Camellia shrubbery near road side.

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Observer

pjd1

Date

March 20, 2019 01:42 PM NZDT

Description

Foliicolous on Microsorum pustulatum subsp. pustulatum growing on the ground near trackside.

Thallus foliicolous, continuous, smooth, grey-white to greenish-white, without marginal prothallus, campylidia abundant, glaucescent, orientated in same direction, apothecia black, weakly pruinose; hypothecium bluish, 40-50 microns tall

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Observer

pjd1

Date

March 20, 2019 01:42 PM NZDT

Description

Common on Lawson's cypress (Chamaecyparis lawsoniana). Granules 50-75 microns diameter. Acetone extract yellow.

Voucher: P.J. de Lange 14359 & J. Clarkson, UNITEC 10596

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What

Speckled Spur-Flower Plectranthus ciliatus

Observer

pjd1

Date

March 20, 2019 01:42 PM NZDT
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