Sunday, April 29, 2012

Monday, April 23, 2012

Processionary Caterpillar's 22nd & 23rd April 2012

On Saturday morning the 22nd of April, Master 9 came brought to my attention this large line of processionary caterpillars on the lawn.  When he first saw the line, he thought it was a snake, giving him a little fright!!  The caterpillars were a source of entertainment all day as we watched them move in a long line from the lawn onto the driveway, and eventually about 5 hours later, resting under a very small maleluca tree in the garden.  Master 9 counted the caterpillars and there were 129!!! 

The next morning we witnessed them coming out of their resting place on a new adventure!  We all wondered if they had a meeting and decided on a more competent leader who wouldn't have them wandering in circles all over the hot cement all day!!








J.G.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Chequered Cuckoo Bee - First Sighting! 06/04/12

While taking photographs of the wrens today, my 8 year old daughter was sitting with me, chatting and watching the birds, when she pointed out this lone exquisite bee on a nearby flowering weed.  I managed to take a few photographs before it moved on.  After a bit of researching I have been able to identify it thanks to the wonderful website of www.aussiebe.com.au.  The bee is a Chequered Cuckoo Bee and it is Native to Australia. 

The female Chequered Cuckoo Bee (Thyreus caeruleopunctatus) seeks out the burrow nests of the Blue-banded Bee (Amegilla cingulata), and lays an egg into a partly completed brood cell while it is unguarded. The same characteristics of the Cuckoo Birds in Australia!

The Chequered Cuckoo Bee is similar to the Neon Cuckoo Bee but can be distinguished its spots on its back.  The Neon Cuckoo Bee has stripes.

Very exciting find thanks to Miss 8 - always great to add a new species to the list!  Happy with the photos considering the lense I had on the camera and the distance.

J.G.




J.G.

European Honeybee 06/04/12

I took a couple of photos today of these bees to compare them to the Blue Banded Bees that I have been seeing lately near our flowering lilirope plants.  These pics are of the European Honeybee, an introduced Bee to Australia.  This bee is used for honey production and crop pollination throughout Australia. Feral nests of this bee are also found in most areas of Australia. Information from: www.aussiebee.com.au



J.G.

Wrens at Play 06/04/12

This afternoon I noticed these beautiful wrens at play.  I presume the are female and juvenile red-backed fairy wrens, as these are the only variety we have seen here, however I didn't see any males today so am unsure!  Superb Blue Wrens live only within 500m of our patch, but we are yet to see them on our land as yet, hopeful though.




J.G.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Horses in the Sunset 31/03/12

Something a little different from my camera... photos of our neighbour's horses in the Sunset.



JG.