I just can’t go past taking a shot of these native bees. They are just everywhere at the moment and many can be found at rest which makes for some fantastic photo opportunities.
Posted by Darren on January 26, 2012
Posted by Darren on January 21, 2012
Australian Native Bees are everywhere at the moment, far outnumbering the honey bees in my garden. If you can catch them at rest, this is your only chance to get a shot of these very fast little bees. Often in the low light you will find them roosting in a position that seems unique to the native bees. They will bite onto the end of a flower or twig with their jaws while tucking their legs under their body. I have no idea of the species of these two bees as there are numerous species in the area. Please feel free to provide an ID if you can.
Posted by Darren on November 8, 2011
Hi all. It has been many months since my last post and I’m hoping that I will be able to start posting more regularly again. Recently I was lucky enough to spot this small native bee which I’m guessing is a Leaf Cutter Bee (Family Megachilidae). Getting any photo, let alone a good photo is very difficult with these small Bees as they refuse to sit still. Identification is difficult with numerous species in the area, so any feedback on the presumed ID is appreciated. I was lucky enough to catch this specimen in the early morning when it was quite docile. They are definitely one of my favourite insects to shoot thanks to the challenge they pose.
Posted by Darren on April 18, 2011
I believe this magnificent spider is of the family Sparassidae, more commonly known as Huntsman Spiders. I spotted this spider on some pavers after heavy rain, most likely from being flooded out of its garden habitat. These spiders are not web builders and prefer to hunt on the ground for insects such as cockroaches which makes them a welcome addition to any garden. I’m sure it’s not a favorite amongst the arachnophobes due to its large size, but they are not known to be overly aggressive or venomous to humans.
Posted by Darren on April 2, 2011