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I believe in spiracles

I believe in spiracles
Giant grasshopper (Valanga irregularis) are the largest grasshoppers in Australia. Notice the spines on their hind legs, if they are caught by birds or by spider web, they will attack...

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FrogID

https://youtu.be/sl73oSP1MjE https://www.frogid.net.au/learn

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Birdwing butterfly recovery

Birdwing butterfly recovery
(16 March 2018) All credits go to TM Landcare. A few years ago Landcare planted about 8 Birdwing Butterfly vines at their Hartley Road precinct. Guess what... the Richmond Birdwing,...

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Mayflies have two penises

Mayflies have two penises
(9 March 2018) Mayflies emerge in... May. At the Northern hemisphere that it. Here on the mountain they are emerge in Summer. They live most of their lives in water,...

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A caterpillar smaller than 1 mm

A caterpillar smaller than 1 mm
(2 March 2018) A weird fluffy thing appeared on the wall of my house, the other day. Size: 14x8mm. After a few days little dots appeared around it (see photo...

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Fibonacci fibs and facts

Fibonacci fibs and facts
(23 Feb. 2018) On the palm, two sets of spirals can be identified: the yellow ones turning to the right, and the blue ones spiraling to the left. At closer...

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Titan Stick insect

Titan Stick insect
(16 Feb. 2018) Acrophylla titan, the titan stick insect, is the longest insect found in Australia, maybe even in the world. It is native to south-east Queensland and New South...

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Coucal pheasant, a strange cuckoo

Coucal pheasant, a strange cuckoo
(9 Feb 2018) The ornithologist John Latham - based in London - described the pheasant coucal as Cuculus phasianinus in 1801, based on a drawing by Thomas Watling. A drawing,...

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Goanna’s road to recovery?

Goanna’s road to recovery?
(2 Feb. 2018) I remember from my own observations the abundance of monitor lizards in Kakadu in the 1990s. Cane toads were first reported in Kakadu in January 2001 and...

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‘Green & Gold’ tree snake?

‘Green & Gold’ tree snake?
(26 January 2018) Green and Gold. That is really what green tree snakes should look like: green back, yellow/gold belly. And that not only on Australia Day. This week I...

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Glowing scorpions and millipedes

Glowing scorpions and millipedes
(19 January 2018) Boys need toys... so when we encountered during one of our night walks two scientists spotting scorpions 'playing with' their UV torches, we had to get those...

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Night sounds, a guide

Night sounds, a guide
(29 September 2017) At night walks not only vision matters: sounds are important as well. The list below includes only animals that can be found on Tamborine Mountain, at night....

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