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.