A collection of odds and ends taken recently. Summer is robberfly time, there are many species, large and small, and I’ve photographed many that looked much the same until down at the river I found one quite different, dark with a pale-banded body, quite a handsome beast.
While out looking for flowering bursaria I found two Hyacinth Orchids, Dipodium roseum, growing close together. They weren’t the best specimens I’ve found, but were very interesting. One was being visited by pollinating reed bees, and the other was more advanced with lots of seed heads. They had done their work well.
In the garden there is a large Lemon-scented Tea-tree, Leptospermum petersonii. It has been in full flower and surrounded by a whirling of innumerable Yellow Flower-wasps, I may have just coined a new collective noun. They were not easy to photograph, but I persisted and eventually got two keepers, a male, and another with wingless female attached in a mating embrace.
And on the trunk of the Eucalyptus punctata, a spectacular small wasp of a different kind. It is an ichneumon, Gotra species, common name Banded Pupa Parasite Wasp, the larvae are parasites of moth pupae. My information from the Brisbane Insects site.
It’s difficult to walk around the garden at night without blundering into garden orb-weaver webs. These striking large spiders have their big webs, some over half a metre diameter strung from trees, the clothes line, fences, buildings, etc. It’s fascinating to go out just after dark and watch them rebuilding their webs that they usually (but not always) take down by morning, leaving just the guy ropes ready for the next build. The spiders come in a variety of size, colour, and pattern, here is one of five that I photographed the other night, it’s poised expectantly like an angler waiting for a bite on a hand line. Fantastic animals, love ‘em.
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