Friday, July 15, 2011

Dropping by

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,
Sandi x
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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The Evening Brown

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....


Sandi x

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Monday, July 11, 2011

A Beautiful Beetle

How gorgeous is this little jewel of a beetle?
Shining in the sun like an irridescent christmas decoration.

I could not find the name of this one.
**Edited 17-2-14   I now know this beetle's name - (very rare apparently)
it is Spilopyra sumptuosa
a chrysomelid beetle.
Its host is the tuckeroo tree.

It was tricky taking a photo as it was a very busy beetle not wanting to stay still.

You can see that the beetle is quite tiny compared to the size of my fingers.
I am very lucky to have such treasures living in my backyard.
Until next time,
keep your eyes out, you may just find your own tiny treasure,

Sandi x

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