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.
There were many mistletoes in flower, attracting different species of honeyeaters, like this Yellow-faced Honeyeater.
Also rich in nectar are Grevilleas
and Melaleucas (Paperbarks)
One of my favourite flowers was in bloom, too: a Fringed Lily
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’: