Monday, December 08, 2008

Amphibian Invasion

With Summer more than a week old already, insects of all shapes and sizes have been attracted to my veranda light... and the numbers and variety are on the increase.

Large christmas beetles have arrived (25mm) and I must have seen at least 20 types of moth in all shapes and sizes.
It is these moths that have attracted a number of Emerald Spotted Tree Frogs to my doorstep.
The behaviour they exibit in capturing these moths is fasciating.

Firstly they will climb the brick wall....

Then adopt the strike position.....

It is a matter of launching at the next insect that comes within reach, and landing safely on the decking located often 1.5M below to consume their catch.

Im looking forward to getting a vid of this action, and will post it as soon as I do.


  1. Hi David
    Great Frog shots.
    Close-ups of their eyes and toes are great.
    I had swarms of tiny moths two nights ago (a warm night), but no Tree Frog sightings so far.

  2. Good one David, one of my favourite frogs.

  3. Hi dave,you have got some amazing photos here I hope that you got some good ones from Royal National Park and the Eastern Dwarf Tree Frogs I showed you played ball when you came back. Manu

  4. I learn so much from my blogger friends.


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