Musk Lorikeets, together with Purple-crowned and Little Lorikeets have enjoyed a reasonable flowering season in the local bush. With Yellow Gum Eucalyptus leucoxylon flowering coming to a close they are switching their attention to other food sources. Yesterday, I encountered a small flock feeding on lerp, in the River Red-gums along the Loddon River.
Lerp provides a crucial source of sugar, together with some protein for lorikeets and honeyeaters over the summer. To learn more about lerp insects click here.