Highland Golden Moths (Diuris monticola)

Flowers in Summer (Nov - Jan), favours alpine meadows, montane grasslands and sub-alpine habitats.

Has wider petals than the similar Diuris chrysiopsis and also is later flowering.  The height of this plant is usually between 15 and 30 cms.

The colourful flowers of the Diuris genus appear to be pollinated mainly by small bees but syrphiid flies and beetles may also be pollinators.

Naked Sun Orchid (Thelymitra circumsepta)

Flowers in Summer (Dec - Feb), favours swampy areas or well-drained soil in high rainfall locations.  Can also be found in some shaded areas.

The flowers are usually bluish and have yellowish hair tufts on the column.   The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 8.5 inches (21.5cm).

Believed to be pollinated by bees but if not, then the flowers will self pollinate.  These flowers open only on hot humid days.

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