Saturday, 10 December 2016

Koalas, Tasmanian Devils, and a Butterfly

I've posted three videos below showing a Koala, Tasmanian devils fighting and feeding , and a Pea-blue butterfly.

1. There are no wild Koalas in Tasmania. This one was filmed at the Wings Wildlife Park, Gunns Plains, Tasmania. As they sleep for up to 22 hours a day, it's always good when you can get a fews shots of them eating. It is sometimes erroneously referred to as a Koala 'bear'. However, the Koala is actually a tree dwelling marsupial. It has a pouch just like kangaroos and other marsupials. Just to confuse us though, the scientific name, Phascolarctos, comes from the ancient Greek phaskolos, referring to a pouch or bag, and arktos, meaning "bear" - A bear with a pouch :-)

 Koala feeding - Click the play button

2. Next up is the Tasmanian devil. We have occasionally heard and seen Tasmanian devils in the backyard but as they are mostly active at night I have no photos or video. The closest encounter was just a few feet away with a devil chasing our ducks around in circles. These ones in the video were at one of the  wildlife parks mentioned above.

The latin name, Sarcophilus harrisii, is interesting. Sarcophilus literally means 'meat lover'. I'm sure you will understand why after watching the video. It's also worth mentioning that the Tasmanian Devil has the strongest bite, relative to its size, of any animal.

Tasmanian Devils feeding and fighting   - Click the play button

3. Next we have a Long-tailed Pea-blue on the annual Lupins in my backyard. These are one of the many small Lycaenid butterflies known as 'Blues'.

The Long-tailed Pea-blue  has a wide distribution. According to the encyclopedia of Life, it  ranges from Africa to southern Europe, across southern Asia to Japan, India, Ceylon, the Philippines, and Australia and Samoa. It is a resident in the main islands of Hawaii, but is not found elsewhere in North America

Long-tailed Pea-blue Butterfly  - Click the play button

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  1. Three lovely and well produced videos

    1. +Margaret Adamson Thanks for visiting and for your comments.

  2. Hello, I love the cute Koala, the Tasmanian Devil is a cool critter. The butterfly was lovely. Great videos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

    1. +eileeninmd Thanks for commenting and thanks for the link up!

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    1. +sandyland Thanks for commenting. I'm guessing the 'whoa' is for the Tasmanian devil video. :-)

  4. I am amazed that the Tasmanian Devils do not kill each other outright. They must exercise some degree of restraint when fighting with their own kind. Excellent videos!

    1. +Kenneth Cole Schneider Thanks for commenting.
      They often fight and bite but the tug o'war with the meat also helps them to pull it apart.