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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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A Christmas hamper

How do you want to go? Peacefully in bed? Doing something you love? Doing something that makes the world a better place? Looking for a delicious meal? Looking for love? I suspect the beetle below was doing the last paragraph … Continue reading

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Botany Bay diamond weevil

This blue bonanza visited the back deck yesterday. It is the Botany Bay diamond weevil, Chrysolopus spectabilis. This one was about 3 cm long. According to Hangay and Zborowski’s A Guide to the Beetles of Australia (CSIRO), it occurs in … Continue reading

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Four of 10 quintillion

That mind-boggling number is the estimated number of insects on the planet, according to E. O. Wilson. That’s supposedly 80% of the number of every species on Earth. The Entomological Society of America says: More than one million different species … Continue reading

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Melbourne Museum

The Melbourne Museum is the largest museum in the Southern Hemisphere. It is “Victoria’s state museum of natural sciences, indigenous cultures, Australian history and cultural heritage”. I was impressed with it, even though it has the usual museum habit of … Continue reading

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Desert beetle

My cousin Jan and her partner Rodney went to Lake Eyre during its recent flooding to see what they could see. One thing was this desert-living pie-dish beetle (one of the Helea species, perhaps H. waitei but I’m not sure). … Continue reading

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A few bugs in the system

I enjoy seeing unusual bugs and beetles (one of the differences is that bugs have sucking mouthparts and beetles have chewing mouthparts). Here’s a beetle that landed on my manuscript this morning. It looks like a ladybird. What a striking … Continue reading

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