Caught in the Act

A leaf from a builder’s book

Bee with big black eyes, black body and orange abdomen, biting out a semicircle from a leaf. The bee has rolled the cut leaf and is holding it with its feet.
Leafcutter Bee (Megachile mystacea) on Briar Silky Oak, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland. © Bronwen Scott.

The Briar Silky Oak (Musgravea heterophylla, Proteaceae) is growing well. It was only about a foot tall when I got it, but the summer heat and rain have given it a fillip. It is now three times taller, and each new leaf is 18 inches long. With its combination of colours — bright green, rust, and warm grey — and its sculptural shape, Musgravea is a spectacular plant.

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Bronwen Scott

Bronwen Scott

Zoologist, writer, artist, museum fan, enjoying life in the tropical rainforest of Far North Queensland. She/her. Website: bronwenscott.com