On recent nights’ excursion into the bush, there have been a few beetles to be found. On new shoot of Grey Box (Eucalyptus microcarpa), a small Leaf Beetle, about 10mm long.
Nearby, on another Grey Box sucker, a somewhat larger beetle.
I also found a beautiful Ladybird on a Golden Wattle.
I have to say that, although the invertebrate numbers have lifted a little with the onset of Spring, it is still harder to find subjects than in previous years. I assume this is the result of the dry conditions.
On checking on the ever-reliable Shiny Everlastings in our bush during the daytime, I was pleased to find this tiny wasp.
As I kept watching, she seemed to be laying eggs in the flower. The flowers she was most interested in had brown discolourations in the central flower parts. I’m not sure if a diseased flower attracts the wasp, or wasp have changed the flower.
Laying in the central flowers