Blue-faced Honeyeaters and Palm Trees

Subject: Blue-faced Honeyeaters and Palm Trees
From: (Andrew Taylor)
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2003 16:43:15 +1000
On Wed, Aug 20, 2003 at 10:32:55AM +0930, Tony Russell wrote:
>    Agreed, and I've seen them nesting in palms at Wentworth at the
>    confluence of the Murray and Darling - quite common in fact.

The natural range of the Palm-darts (Cephrenes sp.) includes only the
coast in NSW according to Butterflies of Australia.  Both Wentworth and
Coonabarabran are well outside the range it gives.  So Blue-Faced HE's
should not be eating Palm-dart larvae in either place.

But Butterflies of Australia does describe recent range expansions of
Orange Palm-dart (C. augiades) to include urban/suburban locations in
the NT, SA, Vic and WA.  The locations are coastal except for Albury.
So its not impossible that Wentworth or Coonabarabran Blue-Faced HE's
feast on Palm-darts (and thanks to Paul W. for the interesting piece
of ecology).


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