Friday, December 26, 2014

New Frog at Jarowair - Wrinkled Toadlet

The recent rain saw a discovery of a tiny "new" frog at Jarowair. After taking many photos and observing it's call, we had to pass the information onto the experts for a positive identification. Many thanks to Rod Hobson (Resource Ranger, South West Region Queensland Parks & Wildlife Service) and Ed Meyer for the correct identification of this frog, the Wrinkled Toadlet (Uperoleia rugosa) aka Chubby Gungan, Eastern Burrowing Toadlet, Red-groined Toadlet, Rugose Toadlet.

Wrinkled Toadlet (Uperoleia rugosa) December 2014

Wrinkled Toadlet (Uperoleia rugosa)

Rod tells us that "The Uperoleia is a very difficult group with three very similar species found in our area viz. Uperoleia rugosa, U. laevigata and U. fusca. The calls are the best way of telling them apart. Generally rugosa has a reddish colouration to its groin and posterior of its thigh whereas both fusca and laevigata generally have an orange-yellowish colour in this area. The much-quoted pale “map of Tasmania” pattern on the rear of the head/upper back area for laevigata is not peculiar to this species therefore is not a diagnostic feature of that frog. In general I’ve found rugosa to be the most common of the three species on the eastern Darling Downs."

A new discovery is always exciting as we learn more about the frogs of our area. Thanks again Rod & Ed for your help.

J & B.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Emperor Gum Moth 22/12/14

Huge Emperor Gum Moth (Opodiphthera eucalypti) on the screen door at Jarowair 22/12/14.  It stayed for two days and then disappeared.  Due to it's beauty and size, it was spared from being a meal for our rehabilitating Tawny Frogmouth.  The Emperor Gum Moth is found in all states of Australia, but has apparently significantly declined in Victoria for some unknown reason. The Emperor Gum Moth adult does not feed once it has emerged from it's sturdy brown cocoon, relying on the energy it stored as a caterpillar to keep it alive.


Emperor Gum Moth (Opodiphthera eucalypti)

Showing the large size of the Emperor Gum Moth (Opodiphthera eucalypti)

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Red-white Leaf Beetle 14/12/14

This Red-white Leaf Beetle - (Paropsisterna sp.) (Chrysophtharta sp.)  was spotted munching away on one of the newly planted Eucalyptus tereticornis trees at Jarowair.  While we weren't impressed at it having a taste for our new plantation of Koala feed trees, it was a beautiful beetle and a great opportunity to get out the macro lens, which we don't use often enough. This beetle was about 8mm long.  (For those who will ask, yes we left the beetle there, after all it is an Australian Native also, so welcome at our patch despite it's healthy appetite for eucalyptus.

Thanks to the Brisbane Insects website I was able to identify this beetle which was not listed in any of my books. They describe the red pattern on the back of the beetle as resembling the map of Africa and South America.  This beetle is classed as a "Tortoise Beetle".

J & B

(Information source:

This Red-white Leaf Beetle - (Paropsisterna sp.) (Chrysophtharta sp. at Jarowair 14/12/14

Red-white Leaf Beetle - (Paropsisterna sp.) (Chrysophtharta sp.)

Red-white Leaf Beetle - (Paropsisterna sp.) (Chrysophtharta sp.) at Jarowair, Qld.


Sunday, December 14, 2014

Frogs Alive at Jarowair 12/12/14

Creek and Dam at Jarowair alive with frogs 12/12/14

Frog "Froth" amongst the grasses on the edges of the creek and dam at Jarowair 12/12/14

The Frogs life at Jarowair after this week's rain is amazing.  The noise of all of the different frog varieties in pockets of water in the creek and the dams is deafening.  I took a late night walk around the property with the camera and was pretty impressed with the types of frogs I saw, including a new frog sighting for our patch of a Smooth Toadlet (aka Eastern Gungan)  (Uperoleia laevigata) and the second sighting ever of a Salmon-Striped Frog!  I also came across a quite Pale-headed Snake and two echidnas as well.

We have recorded the sounds of the frogs at night to add to this blog post, but had to convert it to a video first so blogger would let us upload it.  Enjoy!


Common Green Tree Frog's Mating 12/12/14

Scarlet-sided Pobblebonk Frog at Jarowair 12/12/14

Dainty Green Tree Frog 12/12/14

First sighting of a Smooth Toadlet (aka Eastern Gungan)  (Uperoleia laevigata)

Spotted Marshfrogs at Jarowair 12/12/14

Five Spotted Marsh Frogs

Ornate Burrowing Frog 12/12/14

Bleating Tree Frog

Spotted Marshfrog & Dainty Green Tree Frog
Dainty Green Tree Frogs Mating 12/12/14
Frog Eggs Galore
Pale-headed Snake 12/12/14
Scarlet-sided Pobblebonk Frog 12/12/14
Striped Marshfrog (Limnodynastes peronii) 13/12/14

Salmon-striped Marshfrog 12/12/14

Round-eyed Striped Noctuid Moth13/12/14

Round-eyed Striped Noctuid's (Grammodes ocellata) have been coming onto the deck of the house over the last few nights. Our Daughter thought they were beautiful and photographed them so we could look up what they are.   Round-eyed Striped Noctuid's have a wingspan of 40mm and are from the Noctuidae family.


Round-eyed Striped Noctuid (Grammodes ocellata)

Round-eyed Striped Noctuid (Grammodes ocellata)

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Salmon-Striped Frog Sighting 12/12/14

After a very late night outing "Frogging" at our patch, I was already in a great mood after seeing a new species of frog (Smooth Toadlet), when I decided at around midnight that I should head back to the house and go to bed. I left the dam where I had been observing most of the frogs and was making my way up the grassy creek bank when I saw in front of me a Salmon-Striped Frog! We have only every seen the Salmon-striped frog (Limnodynastes salmini ) once before and it was just over three and a half years ago (see previous post here), when we had that last sighting we didn't take a photo and have been in search of these frogs ever since, but they have evaded us until tonight!  This time I had the camera with me and have a photo to prove it's existence at Jarowair.  An awesome night out.
Salmon-striped Frog (Limnodynastes salmini ) at Jarowair 12th December 2014

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Brown-headed Honeyeaters

Brown-headed Honeyeaters (Melithreptus brevirostis) were seen for the first time at Jarowair this morning. Up to 6 honeyeaters in a group were foraging in their small flock in the tops of the lower Ironbark and Gum Trees.  They were very fast moving and it was challenging to capture a photo of them.  Brown-headed Honeyeaters are found locally mainly west of the Great Dividing Range.  They mainly feed on insects but will also eat nectar.

Great to get another "newbie" for our list right at the end of the year.

J & B

Brown-headed Honeyeaters (Melithreptus brevirostis) at Jarowair 10th December 2014

Brown-headed Honeyeaters (Melithreptus brevirostis) at Jarowair 10th December 2014

Brown-headed Honeyeaters (Melithreptus brevirostis) at Jarowair 10th December 2014

Brown-headed Honeyeaters (Melithreptus brevirostis) at Jarowair 10th December 2014

Monday, December 8, 2014

Three-punctured Diving Beetle in the pool

A Three-punctured Diving Beetle (Cybister tripunctatus) was spotted having a swim in the pool. These beetles are usually seen in the creek when it is full. These freshwater beetles are around 3cms long and prefer habitats of slow-moving or stagnant water. Usually confined to the Murray-Darling basin, they fly about at night looking for the reflection of water to establish a new habitat. Water beetles require air to survive so they emerge at the waters surface to gather air, which they store under their wing covers.  Our children have always commented on how these beetles resemble small turtles when they are swimming, and were entertained watching it.


Three-punctured Diving Beetle (Cybister tripunctatus) in the pool.

Three-punctured Diving Beetle (Cybister tripunctatus)

(Info Source:  Splash Magazine & Atlas of Living Australia)

Friday, December 5, 2014

Frogs after the rain on the Downs

Finally, we have had some rain at our Patch and don't the frogs love it!  The end of this week we have had 27mls of rain, which is not enough to put any water in our dry creek, but enough to add a green tinge to the bushland grass.  We took a walk at night to see how many frogs we could see and the ones listed below were seen within an hour of walking around our patch.  We were expecting to see more species than what we did, but it was still a great result.  B & J

Common Green Tree Frog,
Bleating Tree Frog
Eastern Sedge Frog
Broad-palmed Rocket Frog
Ornate Burrowing Frog
Spotted Marshfrog
Striped Marshfrog (no photo)
Eastern Sedge Frog
Scarlet-sided Pobblebonk Frog

Common Green Tree Frog 05/12/14

Bleating Tree Frog 05/12/14
Spotted Marsh Frog

Ornate Burrowing Frog 05/12/14

Ornate Burrowing Frog

Broad-palmed Rocket Frog 05/12/14
Scarlet-sided Pobblebonk Frog 05/12/14

Scarlet-sided Pobblebonk Frog showing off how it got it's name ( and playing dead at the same time!)

Eastern Sedge Frog at Jarowair 05/12/14

Common Green Tree Frog 05/12/14

Scarlet-sided Pobblebonk Frog 05/12/14