Leptospermum in flower
This is an amazing time of year for the sheer number of plants in flower – lilies, peas, daisies, orchids, and – in particular – the local tea tree. The tea tree is in flower – Leptosperum continentale (Prickly tea tree), L. lanigerum (Wooly tea tree), and L. myrsinoides (Heath tea tree) can be found – throughout the Reserve.
This is a rich source of nectar for many, many insects at this time of year.
Sources and further resources
This excellent Tasmanian site, Insects of Tasmania: an Online Field Guide, is very easy to use with very clear images to help track down which insect you are looking at (https://sites.google.com/site/insectsoftasmania/home).
There is also the online resource What Bug Is That? Guide To Australian Insect Families by CSIRO Australia, also very useful in helping with identification (http://anic.ento.csiro.au/insectfamilies/).
The book, A Field Guide To Insects In Australia (Zborowski & Storey, 2010), published by Reed New Holland, is also very useful.