A few years ago I had a go at growing native trees from seeds, and I managed to grow a crepe myrtle tree. When it grew big enough, I planted it in what I hoped would be the perfect spot and crossed my fingers that it survived. Now it’s about 1.5 metres tall and in all its splendour. This tree is appropriately named as the pretty pink petals definitely look like crepe paper.
I went to take a few photos of my success in gardening and while I was there I discovered a whole little world going on just on that one small tree.
I was very happy to see at least half a dozen native stingless bees visiting the flowers. They were all loaded with pollen like this little guy.
Unfortunately, these little busy bees also risked becoming food for the resident spiders on the tree. This is a small St Andrews Cross spider who caught a bee and promptly wrapped him up for later as I watched on.
And this lynx spider also caught a bee for his next meal.
I saw this black flying insect hovering around the flowers. The photo isn’t really clear unfortunately, but I don’t know what it could be.
I found this cicada husk hidden under a leaf.
And I saw this hoverfly flitting among the blooms.
This cute looking insect is a type of weevil.
I even spotted this strange looking insect but it flew off pretty quickly so I only have this one photo which is not enough to try and identify it.
I also discovered two interesting looking brownish caterpillars, munching away on the leaves and flowers from within their cocoons.
I went back a few days later and the caterpillars had tucked themselves up into their cocoons.
I don’t know what they are, so I will keep checking the tree to see if I spot them emerge.
Amazing what you see in your own backyard!