Black-anther Flax Lilies have (Dianella revoluta) been flowering for a while in our bush. At present, they are bearing both flowers and fruits in our bush at Strangways.
Being blue, they are beloved by our local native bee species. Lipotriches bees are regulars at these flowers.
Lipotriches are sweat bees of the family Halictidae, nesting in burrows in the ground and attracted to the salt in human sweat – hence the name. The very helpful site aussiebee.com.au talks about the males of this genus gathering at dusk in large numbers on twigs or grass stems. I’ve yet to see this, but would love to.
Much smaller Halictids of genus Lasioglossum are also visiting the flax-lily flowers.
These tiny bees are also enjoying the Digger’s Speedwell flowers that are also still blooming.
In amongst the flowers, I saw something that looked and behaved like a hoverfly, but seemed too big. When I got a close look through the macro lens, the mystery was solved.
Shiny Everlastings are also in full bloom. I found a little Lacewing larva lurking on one flower, presumably looking for prey.
Away from flowers, the leaves are also busy places. Leaf Beetles are munching busily.
ARACHNOPHOBE ALERT – SPIDER PHOTO AHEAD!
The truth of life for any animal who’s not a top order predator is that their is always someone looking to turn you into a meal. NO exemptions for cute little leaf beetles.