The lorikeet mates with his rainbow image in an eriostemon, his brush tongue sweeping up seminal dust, the sanctified bee-bread and nectar.
His spouse gobbles ant-infested flowers, honeyed bells with a formic aftertaste like a native amaro , honey and bitters. And that pale spider's there, who mimics the pistils of leptospermum. His serrated legs draw visitors in to a bloodier nectar, the slow chewing-off of heads that still buzz with antennae in search of a treasure desperately wanted for next spring's eggs.
The wattle-bird drives a stiff raping brush, that plucks out spider, pollen, nectar. A painted lady's coil-tongue tickle-slips into a rutaceae bud, while the red parrot's tongue-kiss on the red grevillea lasts an ecstatic three seconds; and the bulge goes down his throat, ruffling small orange feathers in this place of reds and orange, of day flowers, bird colours.
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But you need infra and ultra colours, long reds and short blues, to pull in those extraterrestrial hook-winged virgins, those mutant furry spheroid wasps, the load-bearing bees; ghost-white and luminous yellow are lures for the powdery evening moths that rustle like soft determined ladies; and dark black is the honey flow, dark as ti-tree creeks, and treacly as billy tea. Ten tongue-lengths can feed in a handkerchief patch—a mosaic of bird-flower, bee-flower, beetle-, fly-, moth- and bat-; and Banksia ericifolia whose nectar icicles are gnawed on dry August nights by marsupial mice; though some think it nicer to mimic the smell of green meat or the female parts of a disembodied wasp.
Orchids, fussy maters, insist on the right dab of pollen from the right joint of the right insect, protecting themselves with grilles and flaps against petal-crashers and the great unwashed.
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Some trap a travelling salesman, the pollen-bagged bee, and won't let him go till the morning after. Some box two or three, buzzing round in a cloud of orgiastic dust.
This orchid shoots its bundle—a skein of elastic threads, and, stuck to a wasp, the pollinia flies through summer heat to be reclaimed by precise adhesives. Others shoot darts, half drown, tie up, and tease the vibrating salesmen, or mad them with perfume.
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