Real World Gardener Bellbird is Wildlife in Focus

May 7th, 2013

REAL WORLD GARDENER Wed. 5pm 2RRR 88.5fm Sydney,
streaming live at and Across Australia on the Community Radio


The complete CRN
edition of RWG is available on , just click on 2RRR to find this week’s edition.

The new theme is sung by Harry
Hughes from his album Songs of the Garden. You can hear samples of the album
from the website

Wildlife in Focus

with ecologist sue Stevens

Heard and not seen is probably the
best way to describe this bird.

These birds get their common name probably
from their favourite food. Eating almost exclusively on the sweet, waxy,
crunchy shell secreted by tiny, psyllid insects, known as "bell
lerps" or "lerp psyllids".

Let’s find out more about these mystery

As Sue mentioned, the bell lerps are
tiny insects that feed on sap that they suck from eucalyptus leaves and
surround themselves with dome-shaped secretions that are designed to protect
their soft bodies from predators and from the environment.

Except Bell miners
or Bell birds love them.

Let me know of you have Bell Miners
visiting your garden, or send in a photo to or by post to 2RRR P.O. Box 644 Gladesville
NSW 1675,

or post them on Real World
Gardeners facebook page, and I’ll post a CD in return.

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