Sorry for the delay between reports lately, but…
As everyone would be aware, Victoria had a nice ‘rain event’ over last weekend. Some places recorded 200+ mm. Around here there were reports of between 50 and 80mm. And, Gouldiae’s place? 30mm! A very welcome 30mm mind you, but it was an excellent demonstration of how we here in central Gippsland are definitely in a rain shadow. I haven’t had to water the golf course for a few days now, and the place is GREEN.
Now of course, the grass is growing and the mowers are going every day.
A couple of reports ago I posted some shots of an insect that interested me. Here are some more pictures.
A bit of research, (belated), reveals that it is probably a Yellow Flower Wasp, Agromyia sp.
Some of the features that define it as a native Flower Wasp and not an introduced European Wasp are, brown wings, (cf clear), slender body of 20mm, (cf stout body of about 12mm), and no black spots on the yellow stripes, (cf a pair of black spots in the yellow stripes on the side of the abdomen).
As far as I can determine, the ones I’m seeing are the winged males, the females being wingless and soil burrowers. Their larvae parasitise other bugs in the soil. They are good at pollinating and preying on other insects. They can sting, but their toxicity is low and they do not swarm and attack when disturbed like the introduced European Wasp.
I’d better get a move on, there’s a couple of mowers to sharpen.
PS: Phoebe and mum are home and along with dad are doing well. Nice Xmas kids!