Thursday, October 22, 2009

New Arrivals

G'day,
These two new arrivals appeared today on the golf course...

Bluebell, (Wahlenbergia sp I hope), and attendant Hoverfly.


Hornet Orchid, (?), Diuris sulphurea.

I think both colonies were far enough off the beaten track not to get cut off in their prime by the rough's mower!
Regards to all,
Gouldiae.

5 comments:

  1. Hi Gouldiae
    As per my comment on yesterday's post, our seasons are very close just now.
    I have this species in flower here, now, just starting.
    Your ID is correct.
    Some books call them "Tiger Orchids", but the Latin name is right.
    Cheers
    Denis

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  2. Aah Denis,
    You are a wonderful resource - thanks. Yes, it's great fun when 'the flowering' is on. 'Where to next?
    The Hornets, or sulphurea at least, are not in great number, but I don't recall seeing them on the course for a season or two, so it was good of them to come back.
    Gouldiae.

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  3. Can't imagine why they call it a hornet orchid!

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  4. Sun Orchids will be next, as soon as the sun comes out.
    Cheers
    Denis

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  5. G'day Ros,
    As Denis suggests, it seems to depend which book you ID them from. I tend to use Jeanes & Backhouse, 'Wild Orchids of Victoria'. I bought it for your mother's birthday in 2007 but it sits on my shelf in the 'puter room and I lend it to her occasionally.
    Love,
    Dad.

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