Bird’s eye view

by Patrick Kavanagh

A couple of Callistemons in our front yard have burst into flower and have become draw-cards for multitudes of invertebrates. Myriad native bees (Leaf-cutter bees Megachilidae I think), wasps large and small, beetles and an assassin bug, feasting on an unfortunate wasp. I think the large wasp may be of the Potter Wasp genus, Paralastor. I was impressed by the sangfroid of one of the bees as it foraged in close proximity to the assassin bug, but perhaps the bee knew the predator already had a mouthful. Further up the predator rankings, one of the Superb Fairy-wrens raising nestlings in our yard was reaping a harvest for his young.

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Assassin Bug on Callistemon, Strangways, 15th November 2015.

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Bee & Assassin Bug on Callistemon.

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Bees on Callistemon.

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Large wasp on Callistemon

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Mass gathering on Callistemon.

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Superb Fairy-wren.

2 responses to “Bird’s eye view

  1. Patrick, this is a fascinating post. You open our eyes to appreciate the insect world and your text is so informative.

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