Blue spotted bee

Glenda Datson wrote on Jan 29 2013

Just thought I would ask those interested to have a look at any of the blue or mauve flowering shrubs in your gardens to see whether you can spot this native bee which is about at the moment (zoom in on the left hand flowers in the top-middle of the photo). It is Thyreus caeruleo punctatus or Blue Spotted Bee and sometimes known as Chequered Cuckoo Bee. We have been observing it late afternoons on our Lythrum salicaria and Scaevola ‘Purple Fanfare’. in the company of another less colourful native bee. We have observed other blue banded bees before but this one is new to us.

So if you find it let me know and we will see how common it is. Veronica, you may care to pass this onto other field nats.

Imperial White Butterfly

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Posted by Glen Johnson at March 19. 2012


Imperial White Butterfly (Delias harpalyce) feed excluysively on Mistletoe (particularly Drooping Mistletoe Ameya pendula).

See attached pic showing first eggs being laid

Another photo shows18 days post with the first larval instar stage and only the last few (of approx 100 eggs laid) yet to open.

Glen Johnson, pics taken from garden mistletoe outside house in Baranduda.

Posted by Tony Marsh at March 19. 2012

Wow those imperial whites are so beautiful – I found some mistletoe at my place recently I will photograph it and see what species it is

Tony

Butterflies & Moths

Dingy swallowtail
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My current quest began with the Twisted or Broken Leaf moth.Identified about a dozen butterflies and moths in recent weeks. Two recent identifications are the Dingy Swallowtail and the Tailed Emperor.

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Posted by Chris Lehmann at February 22. 2012