Close Ups.

With May here the Hakea laurina buds are starting to burst, and as was the case just twelve months ago, the native bee Hylaeus Prosopteron littleri is attending the opening flowers. This is a tiny bee, just a few millimetres long, and it flits around so quickly that the eye has difficulty following it. Luckily for the camera it often perches on a leaf.

The yellow face identifies this individual as a male.

The excellent field guide Spiders of Australia notes that the Salticidae genus Opisthoncus may have more than one hundred Australian species, of which only around thirty have been described. This one was found while watering the Waratah, it had a retreat behind a loose bract from where it had emerged to capture a meal.