On Monday afternoon, I was brought up short by a pair of what I think were harlequin bugs making their way across the path on the Highton side of the river:
|Male Cotton Harlequin Bug|
Then on Tuesday, I came across this rather shiny little guy:
|Bronze beetle near Breakwater|
On Friday I was back again and this time discovered a number of Plague Soldier Beetles (not a species I'd seen before) who appeared to be congregating for the purpose of doing what they like to do in large numbers. Relatively speaking however, this was a rather small gathering and I only saw one "couple".
|Plague Soldier Beetle|
|"You put your right leg in" - a Plague Soldier Beetle enjoying the river views|
|Plague Soldier Beetle practising javelin?|
So far I haven't seen a huge number of beetles and bugs, but will keep an eye out. In particular, the Geelong Advertiser informs me that the local cricket population is undergoing somewhat of a population explosion. I can vouch for this as there have been a number of the little beasts making their way onto the netball court as I have been pursuing my other favourite pastime over recent days. I haven't seen any along the river, however I do tend to restrict my activities there to daylight hours.
Finally, I did come across one other species of insect as I was riding past the kids' play area at the Barwon Valley Fun Park on Friday. She is large and definitely colourful, but I'm not sure of the correct taxonomy here...