I should really do a separate post on the Australian National Botanic Gardens soon, and perhaps also on a few other botanic gardens I have seen over the past few years. Today, however, just a few pictures from when we visited the ANBG this morning:
plague soldier beetle. The "plague" part of the name shows that this mass appearance is a regular feature of the species. Here seen visiting a Myrtaceae flower, the adults feed on nectar and pollen while the larvae are carnivores living in the ground. The conspicuous colour of the beetle warns potential predators that it has an unpleasant taste.