With the vegetable garden surrounded by native bush, there are usually interesting insects visiting flowers. These images show a selection of insects visiting and pollinating carrot flowers on a cool day in December 2010. There were other insects, but the windy conditions made it hard to get good shots. I was most fascinated by the large fly with striped thorax, the Native Drone Fly (Eristalinus punctulatus). It methodically worked its way over the flower-head, not at all concerned about the proximity and movement of the camera (and me). In contrast, the several ‘blow-flies’ visiting the flowers were much more flighty.
This Blog... is about a 150 ha patch of forest at Boho South, Victoria, Australia.