Wondecla Woodland in Autumn

Driving only 10 minutes west from our property in tall eucalypt forest takes you into a completely different habitat: open woodland, which is much more open, the trees are smaller (and, of course, different species) and the undergrowth is sparse, as it is much drier here.

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There were many mistletoes in flower, attracting different species of honeyeaters, like this Yellow-faced Honeyeater.

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Also rich in nectar are Grevilleas

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and Melaleucas (Paperbarks)

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One of my favourite flowers was in bloom, too: a Fringed Lily

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Insects were still numerous, making the best of the sunny and warm autumn days.

These sawfly larvae are not caterpillars, but a type of primitive wasp. They were crossing the road, huddled together in the shape of a leaf. They frequently stopped, and started moving again as soon as the frontrunners started tapping their “tails’:

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