Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Spring has sprung part two, Hakea and bugs

Australian native bees, its such a rare joy to see these little fellows, the  bigger European honey bee has taken many of their homes. This is the earliest time of year I have seen them here.  I love it that they have no stingers.

Hover flies , my wonderful aphid eating friends 

 Fly hiding something special under those wings

 Pollination at work

A metallic blue hairy bottom! Not sure if this is the fly of the "Running around like a blue arse fly" fame, that likes to lay its eggs on sheeps bottoms. See Auslang for more details. It looked much too sexy for such lowly acts.

Green arse fly


 Plain old but lovely honey making European Honey bee

We planted this Hakea about five years ago and it is at its glorious best right now.  All the bugs think so too.

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In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.
Margaret Atwood

“She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbour:
"Winter is dead.”
― A.A. Milne, When We Were Very Young