A few months back I saw this creature online and I wondered if I’d ever be lucky enough to see something similar here in Western Australia.
Well, today was that day. I went out with my camera hoping to find something new and discovered a large crop of these “fluffy bums”. Techinically called “scolypopa australis” they are found all over the planet – and at this stage they are teenagers yet to morph into their adult form. In New Zealand they can secret nectar when feeding on a specific type of plant – which in turn is actually quite toxic. Bee’s collect the nectar and unfortunately can poison the honey…which has lead to some illness. These little creatures – oddly are not native to New Zealand but come from Australia.
This I believe is a fly – but what type exactly I’m not quite sure. There are ‘bee flies’ but they are a bit hairier…
I know I had promised it would be a little wait until I revealed my big secret…but we must wait just a little longer. I should be able to tell you when Mike is back in just under two weeks time. For the time being I hope these dainty flowers will suffice.
ps: totally unrelated – I’m looking to do a Canadian/Australian “treat” swap – If you’re in Canada and would like to receive some amazing Australian goods… please let me know and I’d be happy to ship some over. I have a couple of items that have been front of mind the past couple of months… and I’m so (desperate) keen to get my hands on a couple of inexpensive yet classically Canadian items.