Insect Magnets.

Referring to the Xerochrysums of course, planted as previously noted to attract butterflies, but until now, despite frequent checking, bringing in anything but. Finally, a small grey butterfly settled that at first glance was thought to be a Common Grass Blue, but closer inspection showed it to be the Two-Spotted Line-Blue, Nacaduba biocellata.

Native bees and wasps of many different species have been constant visitors to the flowers. On a cool morning with  thick smoke haze this male bee, Lipotriches australica slept late in a partially opened flower, held in place by its gripping mandibles.

Although we’re into autumn quite a few native bees are still hard at work, like this tattered-winged Lasioglossum lanarium that worked several flowers.

Flower wasps are great pollinators, for example this Australelis anthracina anthracina.

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