A move to another location to check on the Showy Podolepis, P. jaceoides, found a number in flower despite the dry conditions, and as usual they were being attended by native bees.
One of the commonest wildflowers, Pimelia species, don’t seem to attract the number of insects that other plants do, but on this occasion a small butterfly caught my eye. it was holding its wings closed and was photographed thus, but after a while it opened them to the sunshine. The closed wings helped identification, it is Trapezites lutea lutea, the Rare White-spot Skipper, or Yellow Ochre. The dark edged white spot is visible in the first image
Further along the track a patch of Brachyloma daphnoides in flower was attracting lots of larger butterflies, one species nectaring being the Australian Admiral, Vanessa itea.
The yellow flowers seem to be a magnet for all kinds of creatures, for example a tiny casemoth and a small spider that kept ducking around to the other side of the stem to hide from me. Finally though I caught it.
Moths in the Glyphipterigidae family are small day fliers that can be found on wildflowers, they have shining wings and I found two species, this was one.
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A long stretch of the railway reserve had been burnt as I mentioned in a previous post, and flowering of the grassland flora is now in full swing.
Wandering carefully through with just the snapshot camera for general photos I noticed more than one Scorpion Fly. One that I followed was quite wary, but eventually it settled and I got a couple of shots, it had caught what looks like a blowfly to be used as a lure for a female. Later on I photographed another with the macro in much better light.
A variety of insects were visiting the yellow flowers, and although I’ve often done it all before I couldn’t resist shots of a beetle and a hoverfly.
It appears to be an excellent season for the Purple Diuris, D. punctata, and a beautiful sun orchid yet to be positively identified but possibly a hybrid was also showing. Edit, Thelymitra brevifolia, a very nice colour form, thanks James Turner.
The Hornet Orchid, Diuris sulphurea is also out in good numbers.
To be continued, click to enlarge.