The Drone Fly.

Photographing insects is often a challenge, they can be very wary, and to add to that, whatever they are sitting on can be moving in the wind. This Drone Fly, Eristalinus species, can be quite cooperative though, and in the effort to get better images it is photographed quite often. On this occasion there was only a slight breeze, and the subject was so intent on feeding that it virtually ignored the close proximity of the camera lens, resulting in good detail.

A small Bee Fly was much more wary and allowed only limited scope for photos.

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Wasps and Bees.

At this time of year a common sight is the black flower wasp, Austroscolia sora flying around close to the ground in quite large numbers. The larvae are parasitic on cockchafer or curl grubs, and when the adult wasps emerge from the ground the males are actively seeking females. This was happening where a single female was emerging and the competition was very keen.

Male left, and female right emerging from the ground

Several males competing for the female.

The bee house has been seeing a lot of activity, where in addition to nesting bees, a Brown Potter Wasp, Euodynerus sp. has also been on the job.

Reversing into the cane.

Potter wasp on the right, on the left Masked Bee, Hylaeus nubilosus working on sealing nest, and above the wasp, a sealed bee nest. Click to enlarge.

While watching these two, a third species of native bee to use the bee house was observed there for the first time, a resin bee, family Megachilidae. This species had been photographed two months ago on the Digger’s Speedwell, so it was pleasing to see it nesting.

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