Native Wildlife

Shrub to 4 Metres High Dense Rounded Habit Evergreen Perennial Aspect: Full Sun / Shaded Soil/Conditions: Adaptable/Moist Green glossy leaves to 14 cm long White perfumed 4-petalled 8 mm flowers in clusters in Spring Black 8 mm globular berry fruit Family: Rubiaceae Natural Habitat: Dry Rain Forest Special Features: • Butterfly and Moth Attracting • [...]

Chequered Swallowtail caterpillar on the host plant Cullen tenax in the front garden (19 Feb 2022. Photo includes some leaves from Hovea acutifolia) and a few weeks later… and from the side (10 March 2022) (10 March 2022) A butterfly friendly garden needs host plants, food plants, water, and to be free of herbicides and pesticides.

Cotton Harlequin Bug

This not so little bug – about 1.5 cm long – is enjoying the sun on the native hibiscus out the front. Cotton Harlequin Bug (Tectocoris diophthalmus) See more about them at  

Green Tree Frog – Litoria caerulea

Just before the rain on 25 January 2021, we found this large green tree frog (Litoria caerulea) on the back wall. Maybe it was getting some insects attached to the lights. Links Green, blue and yellow tree frogs

3/2/2021 about 4pm – this beautiful green tree snake was enjoying the sun on top of the front fence. These snakes are not venomous, and eat mainly frogs, fish and small reptiles. More than 1.5 metres long – if you look closely you can see the end of its tail in the bushes. He/she didn’t [...]


A kookaburra has been visiting the garden most days. It likes to perch on the small roof near the pond and I was worried that it had its eye on the frog. But today, it swooped down and dug out a large worm from the garden bed. You can hear the small brown honeyeaters and the [...]

Although I’ve had native bees visiting the garden for years, I’ve not had a hive – until now. Many thanks to Dianne from Brisbane Local Food for letting me have one from splitting her hive. The hive has been placed on an upturned clay pot under the acacia at the back, in the shelter with [...]

Noisy Friarbirds

There seem to be more Noisy Friarbirds than every this spring. Here are two noisy friarbirds shooting the breeze today in the Graptophyllum ilicifolium (Holly Fuschia) Noisy Friarbirds are large honeyeaters. They don’t seem to bother the smaller birds in the garden.

The Brisbane City Council have finally given in to pressure from green-fingered residents and now has a policy to allow gardening on verges or native strips in front of houses. Their guidelines were announced in August 2016 and updated in March 2017. They can be accessed here and the Brisbane Times article with some interesting [...]