by Patrick Kavanagh
A few years ago we spread some local seed of Shining Everlastings Xerochrysum viscosum in our front yard, protected from the keen wallabies. They have prospered and spread rapidly into the bush, where once there had been only a few specimens that had survived the browsing macropods. Now these spectacular flowers host an abundance of life in Spring. Here are some of the insects that I’ve photographed on them over the past couple of days. Day shift included: Long black-nosed Crane Fly Leptotarsus nigrirostris, Small Metallic-banded bee – Lasioglossum sp.?, Red-banded Seed-eating Bug Melanerythrus mactans, Common Bush Fly Musca vetustissima and a Meat Ant.
And by night: Golden Blowfly Calliphora sp. – sleeping rather than feeding, and a Black-headed Sugar Ant Camponotus nigriceps.
I’d appreciate any corrections to my attempts at identification.