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Tui - Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae | by Steve Attwood
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Tui - Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae

Not a particularly good photo of this tui as it was taken against the sky and in very low light, but kept because of the record of behaviour which was interesting. A eucalypt (gum) tree had experienced some sort of insect invasion. It's trunk was covered in small holes. sap or some sort of insect excreta (as in honey dew that scale insects secrete) was oozing from these holes attracting bellbird, tui, hundreds of wasps and bees, flies and butterflies all trying to get to the holes that were actively weeping for a feed on the liquid that was coming out. This was not the scale insect honeydew I'm used to seeing where the anal parts of the insect are visible and the honeydew forms at the end. These were small but distinct holes and the liquid was simply oozing out. All of the animals and insects were having a feast!

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Taken on April 27, 2014