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Frogs & Insects

According to NZ Frog there are four species of native frogs and three species of introduced frogs in New Zealand. We’re lucky at Waikawa Beach to have plenty of frogs around in the grasses and at the lakes. If you can hear the frogs though, they aren’t the natives.

The Green and Golden Bell Frog — Litoria aurea

Green, interspersed with gold or bronze. These frogs can grow quite big.

Green and Golden Bell Frog by Jan Jordan.

Green and Golden Bell Frog by Jan Jordan.

The Southern Bell Frog — Litoria raniformis

These tend to be darker brown and more warty.

Southern Bell Frog by Jan Jordan.

Southern Bell Frog by Jan Jordan.

Dragonflies

Large black dragonflies are forever flying into our house in summer. I rescue them when I can — they hold on tight to fingers and can take some encouragement to fly away again. Find identification info at the NZ Dragonfly Index.

Bush Giant Dragonfly.

Bush Giant Dragonfly.

Paper Wasps

Paper Wasps seem to be quite numerous — around our place, at least. I can personally attest to how painful their sting is! Beware while gardening.

I’ve found a cautious application of plentiful fly spray (Raid flying insect killer) kills them nicely.

Large Paper Wasp nest on driftwood.

Large Paper Wasp nest on driftwood.