Friday, December 11, 2015

Carpenters nail big part in pollination

Bumbling about Mungalla pasture chasing Yellow Wagtails led to detour for close look at Carpenter Bees (Xylocopa kontortosoma) buzzing greedily on and into Candle Bush (Cassia (Senna) alata).

No bumblebees in mainland Australia, so Carpenters do much of the heavy pollination.

Have another name for Candle Bush? You and many others. The declared weed goes under scores of names.

Sadly, no sign of any males in three sessions beside this plant at a fenceline between sugar cane and pasture.

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