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Species 500, Homalictus dampieri on Hyophorbe lagenicaulis. The 24th bee species recorded and 500th animal species recorded at Bellis.
Species 500, Homalictus dampieri on Hyophorbe lagenicaulis. The 24th bee species recorded and 500th animal species recorded at Bellis.
Species 500, Homalictus dampieri on Hyophorbe lagenicaulis. The 24th bee species recorded and 500th animal species recorded at Bellis.
Species 500, Homalictus dampieri on Hyophorbe lagenicaulis. The 24th bee species recorded and 500th animal species recorded at Bellis.

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  1. Lissa says:

    Great pics Jerry. You’ve put a face to some of the visitors I see traces of in the garden but have yet to see – like the leaf cutter bee.

    I’m on the northside of Brisbane at Strathpine and I recently found some tiny golden cocoons on my Kohlrabi leaves recently. Most clumps had an attendant caterpillar just sitting there beside or over them. After a bit of research one of the BLF members found out they were Apanteles glomeratus wasp cocoons and they had a very interesting lifecycle.

    See here for the discussion and pics: http://brisbanelocalfood.ning.com/photo/cocoons-with-the-cabbage-white-butterfly-catterpillar?xg_source=activity&xgi=&test-locale=&exposeKeys=&xg_pw=&xgsi=&id=2047708%3APhoto%3A166911&groupId=&groupUrl=&xg_disable_customizations=&page=3#comments

    Not sure how common they are around Brisbane. I can’t remember seeing them before myself but then I may have overlooked something so tiny in the past.
    Regards
    Lissa

  2. Robert James says:

    I think we had one of those giant resin bees outside our house just recently. Very similar to the photo of the resin nest on the brickwork.
    There was an adult and 2 larvae in their resin, wasp-like cocoons. It doesn’t look like they have entered the wall cavity. What I was wondering was how do you get the resin off the brickwork? I have never seen these type of insects ever before.

    1. I presume the resin would be soluble in mineral turpentine. I’ve not tried because I don’t want to drive them off.

  3. Alesia says:

    Hi, I think i’ve found a new wasp type in Australia. Can you contact me and identify it?

    1. Activate a free account with BowerBird, load your collection information, and ask a qualified entomologist. That’s what I do:

      http://www.bowerbird.org.au/about

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