Late afternoon is a good time to observe these little beasts. Once the sun passes behind the trees, the temperature drops inside the forest and the gloom creeps in. Most of the birds have packed up for the day, although noisy gangs of scrubwrens (both Atherton and large-billed) often make last minute feeding raids before retiring. If you're only a few millimetres long, you take your chances around here.
|Pleuropoma sp., a land-living relative of marine nerites|
|A herd of very small pulmonates|
|A free-living mite. The ones you can see are the best sort. |
The ones you can't see give you scrub itch.
|Another mite of the same species. (Have you started scratching yet?)|
|Mite follows snail. Nothing sinister. The mite overtook the snail |
and continued on its way.
|A pensive ant. Meranoplus sp (?). These ants are very common on vegetation |
and are pleasantly mild-mannered compared with some other ants I could mention...