Life in and around tropical Queensland wetlands
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 (
) buzzing greedily on and into Candle Bush (
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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Carpenter Bees (Xylocopa kontortosoma) on Candle Bush (Cassia (Senna) alata).
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