The Native Garden Ecosystem #1

As the name of this post suggests, a garden can be a diverse and thriving ecosystem, and the next posts will illustrate some of that diversity. Tetratheca thymifolia has been a very successful plant in a raised bed, never without flowers that attract a range of creatures, eg. this tiny lynx spider lurking in the beauty waiting for a meal.

Leptospermums are a rich source of nectar for many insects, every year among the first to sample the rotundifolium sweetness is an admiral butterfly.

The house is part of the ecosystem, and is utilised by many invertebrates. On the first hot day to arrive as we approach summer, tachinid flies and wasps found the coolness of the walls offered respite from the heat.

A Mistletoe Moth, Comocrus behri found the Callistemon viminalis a good nectar source.

Black-faced Perchers, Diplacodes melanopsis are regular in the garden at this time of year, and as time goes by will gradually attain their distinctive colour.

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