Wow, look what we found this morning. A Marbled Gecko, (Phyllodactylus mamoratus) actually two of them. The first was spotted as we packed up all the bottles and cans collected on our walks to go to the recycling depot. The geckos appear to be living in a large stack of bricks, next to where we stash our bottles and cans for recycling.
This gecko must have been inside one of the cans we picked up.
Thankfully, we found it in the bottom of this plastic bag at the depot and it got safely taken home and released where it came from. This is a new species for our garden. We have seen Stone Geckos (Diplodactylus vittatus) several times on the brickwork around the house.
I was just outside harvesting some dill seeds. It may seem odd to leave the seedheads sitting in the paper bag outside for a while, but I am doing this for a reason. The stems of the dill had quite a few aphids on them, visible in the photo below. I really don’t want to encourage them or end up with ‘extra protein’ in my seeds.
Shortly after I hung the bag up I spotted a more welcome visitor. This lady bird (lady bug, or lady beetle), Hippodamia variegata (the Adonis lady bird), like many, is an aphid predator. I am more than happy to see them having a munch on the aphids.
This particular species has a fairly worldwide distribution. I was able to identify it via the CSIRO’s very helpful gallery of lady birds.