Rich pickings

Shows Pollanisus viridipulverulenta, Satin green Forester on leptospermum, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

Satin green Forester, Pollanisus viridipulverulenta

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.

Shows flowering leptospermum, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

Prickly tea tree

This is a rich source of nectar for many, many insects at this time of year.

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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.

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