It’s wonderful to wander through our bush full of flowering Golden Wattle (Acacia pycnantha). As the colour fills the woodlands, invertebrates seem to be waking up.
Golden Wattle blossom
The flowers attract many pollinators and in the sunlight of a still clear day, minuscule flies are common. Some of this seem well under a millimetre long, but I’ve yet to manage a photo of one so small. This one was about 3 mm long.
Fly on Golden Wattle
Ants on the wattles seem more interested in the secretions from the little gland in the bend of the leaf petiole than they are in the flowers. This one was only couple of millimetres long.
Ant at leaf petiole gland
Looping caterpillars like this one of the moth genus Chlenias are out in force. This one is hanging from a Golden Wattle.
Others were munching on leaves and flowers.
These same caterpillars are also very keen on the Drooping Cassinia (Cassinia arcuata).
Chlenias sp. on Cassinia
The Cassinia is also favoured by small flies at the moment.
Fly on Cassinia
Nearby, a Climbing Sundew (Drosera macrantha) seemed keen on the small flies that were visiting the Cassinia shrubs. Can a plant be keen on something? I was very excited to find this plant as I’ve not seen this species of Sundew on our place in the 25 years that we’ve called it “our place”. Thanks to Frances Cincotta for identifying the plant for us!
A Climbing Sundew feast.