Prodotiscus at Nahoon

Posted on 24 January by Ian Macdonald + Carl Vernon in Birds

Prodotiscus at Nahoon

On 16 January 2013 at Nahoon estuary a juvenile sharp-billed honeyguide Prodotiscus reguluus was watched flitting about the salt-marsh.   It would perch, look around and then dart down to a plant and remove prey.   The usual prey of Prodotiscus is scale insects, family Coccidae.   Searching amongst the plants we found larvae,  which Dr. John Bissett identified as lace-wings of the family Chrysopidae.   The plant was Limosella grandiflora family Scrophulariaceae which grows in the ecotone between the halophytes and the grasses.



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