Recently, I went to Belmont to get some photos for my street photography blog. I love the suburbs of Highton and Belmont. Many of the areas I’ve lived in or walk around are close to the river and have much more interesting bugs than I get at my house in Corio. Of course, my garden is pretty crap there.
I was walking to the bus stop on Roslyn Road when I saw this on the path. It was a bunch of harlequin bugs, or dindymus versicolour, feasting on something that I couldn’t figure out. I thought it was cool… although it was less cool when I missed my bus!
I found this little guy on a plant next to a building at the K-mart end of High Street. I had never seen one before but it was recently identified on Bowerbird as being a sand wasp, or belonging to the Bembix genus. I only had my phone camera with me so am stoked it was able to be identified considering the limited photos.
Here are a couple of facts from the page on Australian Museum:
- they are found throughout Australia.
- they are closely related to the Mud-dauber Wasp but, unlike their cousins, sand wasps nest in the ground
- they are excellent hunters, capturing flies on the wing, paralysing them with venom in mid-air and carrying them back to the waiting larvae.
Will definitely be keeping an eye out for them in the future.