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More invertebrate life from the garden.

Native bees are visiting two of their favourite plants, the Bulbine and Vanilla Lilies to collect pollen to provision their breeding burrows.

The Blue-banded Bee is a buzz pollinator that often pauses for just a split second, this was a lucky shot that froze that split second on the Derwent Speedwell.

Golden Drone Flies are handsome insects that appear in the garden at this time of year.

As do the Black-faced Perchers, Diplacodes melanopsis.

Male.

Female.

The Golden Green Stag Beetle, Lamprima aurata is always a delight to see, two were found a few days apart, the second taking advantage of the cool tiles on a 38 degree day.

Robber Flies are showing up. This was a very large impressive species, for comparison, the brick joint is 12 mm.

Mantis egg cases are found occasionally in the garden shrubs. The smaller green species are common insects, less so this large species found enjoying a butterfly meal in the pink-flowered Callistemon sieberi.

Down on the ground the sand wasps are busy excavating nest tunnels, this one was just beginning.

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An unwelcome  component of the garden ecosystem can be the European earwig, often found under loose bark and in cracks and crevices in large numbers. This one came to a sticky end in the web of a Theridiid house spider.

Jumping spiders in search of prey roam the walls of the house and break-wind fences, this Ocrisiona species favours the latter.

Following the hot day mentioned in the previous post, thunderstorms with rain showers swept through. Next morning the garden was refreshed and insect life was abundant. The Leptospermum macrocarpum was a magnet for mating wasps, with the males taking the wingless females to the flowers for them to feed on nectar prior to laying their eggs.

The Callistemon sieberi on the other hand attracted numbers of the spectacular blue/black flower wasp, Scolia soror. Unfortunately due to the need to use flash to freeze their movement, the blue sheen on the wings was nearly impossible to capture. They are obviously efficient pollinators.

This Ichneumon wasp, Lissopimpla excelsa however was interested in the Persoonia cornifolia.

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