Over the last couple of years we have noticed a lot more native insects such as the leaf cutter bee. This summer has been unusual weather in Perth (currently it is cool and pouring with rain….. in January!), but we have seen (or maybe just noticed) so many insects. Here are just a few:
The Blue Banded Bees are out in force at the moment, and love the purple morning glory flowers.
Blue Banded Bee -Amegilla (not sure which one)
These little sweat bees are tiny! The males congregate on the end of a dead twig to roost at night, and then leave in the morning to find females, coming back to the same spot to roost.
Quite a few different bees and wasps are using the bee hotels (and holes drilled in the veranda rails!).
Different types of bees use different material to seal their nests.
Masked bees- Hylaeus nesting in wood.
And then there are those who have made homes in the clay blocks. There are a couple of different types here, the Hylaeus that uses a cellophane type material to seal its nest, and the Hylaeus nubilosis that nests in clay (often the abandoned nests of potter wasps or mud daubers. This one used the clay from the area around the hole to seal its nest. This series of photos shows top left- 4/12/17; top right- 15/12/17; bottom right 27/12/17 and bottom left with the hole sealed)-28/12/17.
Masked bee- Hylaeus nubilosis
And of course there are some who will just find anywhere!
A Hylaeus has used and sealed the holes in the handle of a whipper snipper!
It isn’t all about bees! There are lots of other interesting insects around:
Wasps nesting, possibly Flower Wasps of some sort
Close up of roosting wasps
Orange Potter Wasp
Braconid Wasp (White Flank Black Braconid)
Leaf cutter -Megachile
Daddy Long Legs Spider nest
Small wasp using the bee hotel
Ant Lion Lacewing