Frequent visitors to our garden are the colourful and raucous rainbow lorikeets.
Quite a large group arrived to tuck in to some sunflower seeds.
A bit of squabbling over getting a spot on the feeder.
Coral tree flowers are a favourite source of nectar for the rainbow lorikeets too.
We have several of these large trees in our yard adding a splash of red amongst the (almost) bare winter branches.
Hope you enjoyed today's post,
The 'Evening Brown' butterfly is cunningly disguised as a leaf.
Resting during the day on the ground with it's wings folded makes it difficult to detect......until you walk nearby. The startled butterfly will often land not too far from where it was sitting.......making a great game of hide and seek.
You can catch a glimpse of the beautiful outer wing colours above.
My book says,
'The Evening Brown does not visit flowers, but sucks juice from fermenting fruit'.
Mmm......I wonder if some of that juice is alcholic? Perhaps it is having fruit cocktails in the evening....
Don't know what seems to be happening with the photos. The post looks ok when it is put up, but next day, half the photos are missing???!!! It's very frustrating. Hope this problems sorts itself out soon.
Cheerio for now,
A frequent visitor to our gardens are the native 'blue banded' bees. They are slightly bigger and fatter than a honeybee. These bees are attracted to blue flowers. The flower featured here is a hedgehog sage.
This one (above) is sipping nectar from a mauve plectranthus flower.
Blue banded bees are capable of buzz-pollination, which is a method they use to vibrate the pollen from flowers. Industry is trialling them as pollinators for tomatoes in greenhouses.
It's nice to see these bees bumbling about in the garden.
The first one is a 'tortoise shell', or 'netty' ladybird.
Isn't it's shell glossy - just like is has been polished.
The '28 spotted Potato Ladybird Beetle'. Sometimes an agricultural pest - as it eats potato (and other solanum species) plant leaves. I usually leave them if I see them on my potato plants. They can chew the leaves - I'll have the potaotes!
A 'Fungus-eating Ladybird beetle'.
And lastly, this unidentified one.....lovely!
You might just see one in your garden.....