Monthly Archives: May 2016

Peron’s tree frog

This past summer’s wet season was not very wet at all and we hardly heard any frogs nor saw any, apart from the odd desperate-looking cane toad. The noise of the male frogs of many species calling for mates at … Continue reading

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The wattle pig

I avoid common names of critters, if possible, as they tend to change from place to place, whereas the scientific names are fixed (until the taxonomists start having arguments, bless them). But until you get used to them, scientific names … Continue reading

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Neon cuckoo bee

This pretty bee was photographed by my neighbour, Amanda, in her backyard. It’s the neon cuckoo bee, Thyreus notidulus. It’s a native bee, about the same size as the European honey bee, and does sting (Amanda was stung on the … Continue reading

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Dancing the flamenco at Woody Head

We went to Woody Head on Saturday for the regular folk music/dance event that our friends have been doing for over 20 years, but only for the day. It’s a good spot for snorkelling and looking in rock pools (nudibranchs!), … Continue reading

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What is it with roses?

For humans, roses have a connection with romance and love – the beauty and the pain, I suppose. For giant spiny stick insects, my rose bush provided food, protection and a place to mate. Seems it is the same for … Continue reading

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