This is a tentative posting, at this stage, as I have just photographed my first ever image of a native bee on an Orchid, and I cannot wait to publish it. The Orchid is the Short-lipped Leek Orchid (Prasophyllum brevilabre). The bee appears to be one of the Stingless Native Bees.
Here is a regular "Honey Bee", coming in to one of my Tree Peonies. Note that these flowers are very great producers of pollen, so the bee is dusted with pollen. This Honey Bee is approaching a flower of a Crab Apple. This flower is in bud stage, so the bee will not be able to find the pollen yet. But, if you check the Bee's legs, it has successfully stored some pollen (from previous visits to other flowers) to take back to the hive.Here is either a wasp or a wild bee, visiting a white-flowered Cherokee Rose, (Rosa sinica alba)I am hoping to get assistance with identifying this insect (same species as the one above). If anyone has any idea of the identity of this insect, your assistance would be greatly appreciated. Kindly leave a comment below, or email me, via the "my complete profile" page.And now for something completely different. This is a Sundew. The leaves of Sundews are attractive to insects, in a deadly kind of way. They produce attractive beads of a sticky moisture. The insects come to the leaf, and they get caught, The leaves then close around the insect (eventually) and then the chemicals in the "glue" dissolve the insect, and so the plant digests the insect, gaining nutrition for itself.
In this particular case the plant has trapped 3 insects - a red-backed bug of some description, another black insect (possibly a small native bee), and a smaller insect on the lower left hand side of the leaf, which appears to be a Fungus Gnat. Apart from the fascinating, if gruesome nature of Sundews, I find them attractive, with their little rainbow-coloured dots of moisture on the tiny radiating "arms" of the leaf.
Here is a Flower Spider (OK, not an insect, technically). The flower is the same Leek Orchid plant as above, (with the native bee). These photos of the same plant were taken the day before. This is the full flower stem, just to show you what the plant looks like, as seen amongst the grass. The small Flower Spider is hiding amongst these flowers, so you can see how hard the spiders are to see. The photo above is cropped from this photo (below). Usually I notice the spiders' webs, and then look for the spider hiding away between the flowers. Often, I do not find the spider until I am processing the photo, back home on the computer.