This morning at breakfast Mr S noticed a juvenile water dragon sunbaking on a stem of the Rose of Sharon plant outside. Surely this is a good omen, a good start to the day, and good start for this week’s Six on Saturday?
Staying with the dragon theme, my Dragon Ginger (Globba species) plant I bought at the Ginger Factory Ginger Festival last year is flowering. It is an ornamental ginger and lives in a pot in a shaded area under the now flowering Tibouchina tree (pictures to follow, possibly in next week’s Six).
This morning we noticed these larvae of the Papilio (swallowtail) species of butterfly on the lemonade tree. (It looks very dragon-like, doesn’t it?)
Staying with bugs for number four for this week, we also found these interesting nymph exoskeletons of the Cicada bugs under the leaves of the lemonade tree. Cicadas spend most of their life underground as nymphs and feed off sap from trees. The periodical cicadas emerge after 13 years, while the annual cicadas emerge every year. You can clearly see the split down the middle of the back of the exoskeleton on the right where the cicada emerged. The cicada sounds have been rather deafening this season!
The leaves of the young bottlebrush shrubs in the garden are being eaten again. The sawfly larvae are responsible for this! Last year two of my young Callistemon shrubs were rendered leafless by these little monsters, and it took them a few months to re-foliate!
Finally, there are a couple of wasps that use the groove between the bricks in the exterior walls of the house to build their nests. The one I’m featuring this week is known as the Resin Mason Wasp, Epsilon chartergiforme, and it uses plant resin and plant material to create these little structures to lay its eggs in. The wasp is not aggressive.
Wishing everyone a Happy Gardening Week!