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Author Topic: Insects hanging around Eucalyptus flowes in Victoria  (Read 1123 times)
OzBuzz
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« on: November 27, 2012, 08:44:08 PM »

Hi Folks,

I've seen quite a few, what look like, Sugar Gums in flower - along with that I'm seeing huge swarms of insects hanging off the flowers too - I'm assuming they're pinching the liquid gold! does anyone know what they are? and, other than pinching the nectar, do they stop the bees from foraging on that nectar source?
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« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2012, 09:56:15 PM »

G'day Oz,

Have you got a photo or description of the ones you're seeing? I'm seeing a fair few of these around lately Green Soldier Beetles but they seem to be more beneficial than harmful.
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« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2012, 11:26:57 PM »

They're the ones! I wonder if they're consuming the nectar from the flowers if there isn't enough aphids etc for them to feed on
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« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2012, 08:18:12 PM »

I dunno, the article mentions sugar solutions and honeydew but not nectar. You would have to wonder though. Perhaps you need to spend a half hour or an hour observing.
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« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2012, 12:02:51 AM »

Not in this heat Wink
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« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2012, 12:58:01 AM »

Yeah, I got home early thinking I might open up the hives; that is, until I turned on the AC and grabbed a beer.
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« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2013, 09:32:50 PM »

G'day Oz,

There is an article in the Sunday Herald Sun today 13/01/13 that talks about these being in plague proportions this year and says that the adults DO eat pollen and nectar. That might explain why I'm having such a lean year this year; nearly mid summer and I haven't had a harvest yet. Another bloke I know with hives a couple of K's away says it's the worst year he can remember around here.
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« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2013, 01:06:13 PM »

G'day Oz,

There is an article in the Sunday Herald Sun today 13/01/13 that talks about these being in plague proportions this year and says that the adults DO eat pollen and nectar. That might explain why I'm having such a lean year this year; nearly mid summer and I haven't had a harvest yet. Another bloke I know with hives a couple of K's away says it's the worst year he can remember around here.

were bad around here too they tend to clump  up on the ground and on branches i made up some pyrethum spray and killed thousands, think there were some small amount of bee casualty's but not many i was careful not to spray the bees if i could help it, the bugs drop immediately so i was able to hose down the branches and get rid of residue quickly.  its just a small drop in the ocean but i think it helped a bit around here theres not so many now.
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« Reply #8 on: March 05, 2013, 03:21:58 PM »

We live in NE Victoria and have an invasion of Plague Soldier Beetles, they have covered our gum trees and they seem to have driven the bees away Sad



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« Reply #9 on: March 11, 2013, 10:29:50 PM »

Yep, that seems to be the scenario state wide! it seems that all insects are under pressure for food resources
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