Loop Trail Tour

Insect Hotel

You have arrived at out “Insect” hotel. Did you know that there are over 1,700 native bees in Australia, and about 300 different species in South Australia. The honey bee is an introduced species.

Native Australian Bees range in size from about the size of a grain of rice, and the largest will just fit on a 20c piece.  Some native bees are solitary, and do not live in hives.  Though they are excellent pollinators, most native bees do not produce much or any honey, and some do not sting.  

Some live in holes in wood, and some live in holes in the ground.  Native bees are critical and essential to pollinating plants, not only native plants. Some native plants are only pollinated by one species of native bee.

Main Dam

You have now arrived at the Main Dam.  This is a wonderful bird watching spot.

Some birds that are regularly seen here are:

Australian Shelduck (Tadorna tadornoides)

Pink-eared Duck (Malacorhynchus membranaceus)

 

The call of the Shelduck