Sunday, September 29, 2013

Insect watch album - Carpenter Bees

They have made the park their home.  In dead trees they make burrows and like any normal bees are busy buzzing away making more tunnels inside.  There is a small colony of them making these nests at Botanic Island One.  They look menacingly beautiful with colourful metallic wings and a face resembling Darth Vader from the from 'Star Wars'.  I noticed they collect nectar from the flowers of the 'Sebduduk' that grow wild and abundantly at the park. 
Carpenter Bee

Collecting nectar from flowers of the 'Senduduk' (Melastoma malabathricum)
Metallic colour wings

The nests are built facing west.

Burrows in a dead tree at Botanic Island One.

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