Eastern bearded dragons, miniature green tree frogs and dragonflies – these are just a few of the small visitors to our garden.
Here an eastern bearded dragon watches for insects in our vegetable garden and a small green tree frog is camouflaged amongst the rhubarb leaves and stems. This dragon fly with its large multifaceted eyes and two pairs of strong, transparent wings – which resemble a stained glass window – rests on our door.
Bee hotels can encourage native bees to your garden. Ours is made from untreated hardwood, interesting pieces of bark, some gum nuts and a few Banksia seed pods. Suspended in a sheltered position (under the roof of our verandah), we have noticed many small visitors buzzing in and out of the varying sized holes which have been drilled in the hardwood.
Native bee habitat is beneficial for pollination in your garden, and you can help by encouraging bees. There is often a shortage of suitable nesting places and building materials, so native bees will readily take up “artificial” housing if you provide it.
Some new inhabitants are checking out the bee hotel in our garden.
Above left: Trying to find the best accommodation
Above right: Safely inside
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Resting on a leaf of our Frangipani, this brightly coloured butterfly let me approach and take some close-up photographs. After checking on the internet, the closest match – according to the Australian Museum website – is Graphium sarpedon papilionidae, which is described as having a blue triangle and red spots on the wings.