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Bees plus.

With autumn winding down, invertebrate life is also dropping off, but enough images have been captured for at least a couple of posts. Blue-banded Bees were still very active in mid April when these shots were taken at the nectar-rich Grevillea maccutcheonii.

They haven’t been seen for a while now, but with the Hakea laurina flowering, honey bees and a tiny native species, Hylaeus Prosopteron littleri have been hard at work.

The yellow face identifies the above as a male, below is a female with just two lines.

Also at the Hakea laurina, many tiny flies of an unknown species that flickered their wings incessantly. They were only about 5 mm nose to tail

And back to the G. maccutcheonii where larvae of Oenochroma vinaria, the Hakea Wine Moth found the prickly foliage appetising.

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In to the light #2.

Another batch of assorted insects that came to the moth light in the box/ironbark bush, starting with a bulldog ant, one of the many that roam the illuminated area in search of sustenance.

Ant Spiders, (Zodariidae) live with ants, mimicking their behaviour.
They often wander across the ground sheet, this was a very attractive possible Habronestes species displaying its massive palps.

Many interesting flies are attracted to the light.

Lacewings too are frequent visitors.

As are many wasp species.

And beetles…

Unknown creatures,

And occasionally a giant Katydid.

The wonderful world of invertebrates.

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