Sunday, January 9, 2011

A Colourful Interlude

There’s quite a few trees on the golf course that often catch my eye as I cruise by on the bike or one of the mowers. When I was watering earlier this evening, a flowering gum, (?), near the first tee was in profusion with blossom. 

I’ve always enjoyed the rust coloured trunk and branches of this particular specimen – often stunning in the low evening light.


Closer inspection revealed a plethora of insects in attendance. Hover Flies, Flower Wasps, various Ants, Bees, Butterflies and Beetles and quite a number of others for which I don’t even know the family name.  The stand out was the beautiful Fiddler Beetle, so named for the violin/‘fiddle’ pattern on the elytra or wing covers.

Some had green markings on an almost all black background, while a few others had yellow markings on brown.

Also present were these Tri-coloured Soldier Beetle.

All in all, a very colourful interlude to the watering exercise!


  1. Aren't those fiddler beetles magnificent! Everything flocks to eucs in flower.