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acrocerid
Stanthorpe, Queensland
Entomologist, retired public service administrator.
Interests: entomology, photography, evolutionary theory
Recent Activity
Thraxan, originally uploaded by mgjefferies. Doing what Thraxan bee-flies like doing! They will fly up and down rocks, tree trunks and passing humans. This was on a hilltop, on a granite boulder. However we have seen so few this season rapidly passing now! Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2011 at Fly news
Balaana gigantea, originally uploaded by mgjefferies. My first confirmed specimen of this species. It is one that occurs very widely! Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2011 at Fly news
Black face, originally uploaded by mgjefferies. Scaptia guttata face; lots of detail when examined closely. I have taken this before but a 'good' insect head is difficult to pass up! Photo compiled from a stack of 25 photos taken using a Canon 7D and Canon 100mm macro lens controlled by DSLR Remote Pro for Mac and combined using Helicon Focus on an iMac. Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2011 at Fly news
On the prowl, originally uploaded by mgjefferies. As far as I can tell this is a Chrysopogon species. It is closely allied to Jean's HERE and is conspecific with the composite adjoining. The favourite spot for this one is on open sandy spots. They are common at the moment in the area. On landing they rapidly flick their wings for and back a few times like many hunting wasps do. I have closely consulted on-line resources but there is very little of direct help on Australian asilids. There is an on-line key to the subfamilies which gives one a start... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2011 at Fly news
Beautiful faces, originally uploaded by mgjefferies. This species seems to be common round here, and is recorded so in Mackerras' paper of 1956. Show the features typical of male and female. Not blood feeders. Best seen large. Broadwater SF seems to be a centre though I have one from Sundown NP too. Photo compiled from two stacks of photos taken using a Canon 7D and Canon 100mm macro lens controlled by DSLR Remote Pro for Mac and combined using Helicon Focus on an iMac. Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2011 at Fly news
And?, originally uploaded by mgjefferies. Finally there are some Neodioctria australis about in the long grass! Common and distinctive, they like long grass and fly slowly about, perching at regular intervals. The incessant rain has delayed the appearance of some species by two months. Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2011 at Fly news
Seventh, originally uploaded by mgjefferies. The seventh pair of pictures of different species of Buprestid beetles I have on my Flickr site I have done so far. I have at least another 6 species so far! It is interesting that my latest foray today provided 4 species, none of which I had seen before and only 15km away from the usual haunts. Photo compiled from two stacks of photos taken using a Canon 7D and Canon 100mm macro lens controlled by DSLR Remote Pro for Mac and combined using Helicon Focus on an iMac. Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2011 at Fly news
Very large, originally uploaded by mgjefferies. This moth was around 60mm long and is a cossid. It was in the bush beside Quart Pot Creek. With the help of Donald Hobern and Ted Edwards, CSIRO this is now identified as Endoxyla magniguttata. A search using this name shows the pictures HERE; the interesting thing is that all 4 specimens pictured were caught in the 1930's with 20km of this one! Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2010 at Fly news
Jewelled, originally uploaded by mgjefferies. An experiment in stacking and combining. A common buprestid, jewel beetle, round here on Leptospermum. I gather there are some 400 species of this genus! 2 Photos compiled from stacks of 20 photos each view taken using a Canon 7D and Canon 100mm macro lens controlled by DSLR Remote Pro for Mac and combined using Helicon Focus on an iMac. Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2010 at Fly news
A quick sup, originally uploaded by mgjefferies. Comptosia heliophila Yeates. Here one moment and gone the next. The angles make the wings look darker than they are. It has not been a good year for bee-flies so far due to the relative cool and damp. This species is common and the type locality is on Mt Marlay. Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2010 at Fly news
A quick drink, originally uploaded by mgjefferies. A male bee-fly, Comptosia heliophila taking a drink. There were several males around and fights broke out regularly. The first I have seen this season. I presume the males were hoping passing females would be attracted. Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2010 at Fly news
Male and female, originally uploaded by mgjefferies. I thought it worth combining these two head shots of Meomyia sericans specimens as the distinction between male and female seen with a lot of flies is well illustrated. Males have eyes that touch in the centre or holoptic (left). This is best seen large but it is quite big. Photos compiled from a stack of photos taken using a Canon 7D and Canon 100mm macro lens controlled by DSLR Remote Pro for Mac and combined using Helicon Focus on an iMac. Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2010 at Fly news
Its time.., originally uploaded by mgjefferies. These are excellent subjects for stacking photos. Photo compiled from a stack of 20 photos taken using a Canon 7D and Canon 100mm macro lens controlled by DSLR Remote Pro for Mac and combined using Helicon Focus on an iMac. Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2010 at Fly news
Bee-fly, originally uploaded by mgjefferies. The first of these this year, my first record from Broadwater SF, before from the TV tower at Passchendaele. For the non-dipterist this is a classic bee-fly, superficially similar species can be seen in many countries in the spring. However I am not sure, at this stage, which genus this belongs to, it looks much like a Meomyia and there are a number of species. The first specimen of the season, it was interested in a Eusurbus crassilabris on a flower! Photo compiled from a stack of 15 photos taken using a Canon 7D and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2010 at Fly news
Eusurbus crassilabris, Macq. 1855, originally uploaded by mgjefferies. This spring has been much wetter than recently but rather cool. This species is very common at the moment and I have seen lots flying round and on the first Leptospermum flowers. Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2010 at Fly news
Trichophthalma bivittata, originally uploaded by mgjefferies. Found on a fuschia plant! I had the wrong name when first posted. This species is a later spring species. Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2010 at Fly news
Face, originally uploaded by mgjefferies. Male, note the holoptic eyes. An early spring species of Scaptia from Mt Marlay. This is in contrast to the therevid in the preceding post. Photo compiled from a stack of 15 photos taken using a Canon 7D and Canon 100mm macro lens controlled by DSLR Remote Pro for Mac and combined using Helicon Focus on an iMac. Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2010 at Fly news
Face, originally uploaded by mgjefferies. A stacked photo of the top of the head of a male Ectinorhynchus. Common at this time of year. Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2010 at Fly news
After the rain, originally uploaded by mgjefferies. While on the subject of flies this stinkhorn came up in the garden a couple of years back! There is a very good blog on fungi here and this species in particular at this page. Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2010 at Fly news
Early, originally uploaded by mgjefferies. From Mt Marlay, the earliest tabanid. Stacked photo from 25. I saw one hovering today at the summit. Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2010 at Fly news
Ectinorhynchus, originally uploaded by mgjefferies. First of the season a few about on a warmer day with intermittent sun. Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2010 at Fly news
Sunning, originally uploaded by mgjefferies. A male bee-fly, Staurostichus sp. sunning itself on Mt Marlay. This species has been very common this late winter - early spring; there were dozens on the hill today. Apart from scrapping among themselves they always settled with backs to the sun! I have a lot of photos of this species from the Granite Belt, there are 13 specific names in the catalogue. Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2010 at Fly news
Winged, originally uploaded by mgjefferies. Laxta sp. cockroaches are very common under bark and are quite handsome. This I think is a winged male and so adult. I have not seen many winged cockroaches at all. Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2010 at Fly news
I am experimenting with the video on the Canon 7D. A sample is on my YouTube pages, see here. The interesting thing is that there is another ant species present, very small and fast, seems to be living between the grains of the mound! Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2010 at Fly news
Basking in the sun, originally uploaded by mgjefferies. This bee-fly is very common round the Granite Belt and is the first bombyiine in the spring. It has been seen feeding on Lycopogon. Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2010 at Fly news