Golden EverlastingInsects and Spiders

The Golden Everlasting (Xerochrysum bracteatum), also known as Strawflower and one of the so called ‘paper daisies’, is popular with a variety of insects.

The erect flower heads are composed of very small yellow flowers that form a cluster, which in turn are surrounded by stiff yellow bracts (sometimes the bracts may be a reddish brown).

This Australian native flowering plant is a food source for a variety of insects, including larvae of lepidopterans (butterflies and moths), as well as the adult butterflies, hoverflies, beetles, grasshoppers, ants and native bees (who are often seen on the flower heads). They also attract a number of spider species who wait motionless for any insects that land on the flower.

Opisthopsis sp (Strobe ant), Alice Springs Desert Park NT
Opisthopsis sp (Strobe ant) on the Golden Everlasting (Xerochrysum bracteatum)
Exoneurella eremophila on the Golden Everlasting (Xerochrysum bracteatum)
Exoneurella eremophila on Xerochrysum bracteatum, Alice Springs Desert Park NT
Chequered Swallowtail (Papilio demoleus ssp. sthenelus), Alice Springs Desert Park NT
Chequered Swallowtail (Papilio demoleus ssp. sthenelus) on Golden Everlasting. NT
Golden Everlasting (Xerochrysum bracteatum), Ilparpa Claypans, Alice Springs NT
Black ants on the Golden Everlasting (Xerochrysum bracteatum), Ilparpa Claypans, Alice Springs NT

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Golden EverlastingInsects and Spiders

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