Invertebrates

bird-orchid-and-ant

A bull ant (slightly over 2cm in length) paying a visit to a Common Bird Orchid (Chiloglottis valida). Bird orchids are known to produce a chemical which sexually attracts male thynnid wasps to pollinate them. So, what is this ant doing here?

 

beetle-tiger-orchid

An unknown beetle visits a Tiger Orchid (Diuris sulphurea). Orchids of this genus are usually thought to be pollinated by native bees. But then food is food…

mating-moths

Two moths mating on a flower of Stellaria pungens (Prickly Starwort). It must be Spring.

A Lycid Beetle going to feed on the nectar-producing flowers of Kunzea leptospermoides (Yarra Burgan).

A Lycid Beetle going to feed on the nectar-producing flowers of Kunzea leptospermoides (Yarra Burgan).

A spider on top of a flower spike of the Tall Sun-orchid (Thelymitra media).

A spider on top of a flower spike of the Tall Sun-orchid (Thelymitra media).

 

 

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