13 Nov 2020 FILM DIARY
What is it with Driscoll Lane and flying insects? On my walk this morning I noticed a new-to-me tussock moth caterpillar on a picket fence and cursed myself for not having my stills camera with me. I cursed myself even more when I saw a magnificent tachinid fly on a nearby power poll. I estimate that it took five minutes for me to get home and a couple of minutes more to retrieve my camera and drive back to the location. The fly was where I left it and, although it shifted its position because of my attention, it stayed put and allowed me to photograph it. This seems as remarkable as finding the Australian emerald dragonfly still in the hedge just beyond the power poll, when I returned with my video camera and filmed it from various angles, for a good half hour, six years ago. The tussock moth caterpillar was nowhere to be seen.