Friday, 21 April 2017

Of Birds and Bugs

1.  A Plethora of Herons

This flock of White-faced herons (Egretta novaehollandiae) were feeding on small fish during low tide at the Tamar Wetlands near Launceston, Tasmania. There were eighteen in all.

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2. The First Crusader Bug

This is the first Crusader Bug (Mictis profana) that I've seen in Tasmaia. This is not surprising as they were not supposed to be here at all.  While quite common on the mainland, until recently,  it had not been found  here in Tasmania. 

Unfortunately this one flew off before I could get much footage and so the lighting on some of the shots is not the best.

You can read more about this bug being found in Tasmania in the following news article:
http://www.examiner.com.au/story/4470572/public-asked-for-help-tracking-crusaders/

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3. The Darkling Beetle

Way up in the far reaches of the backyard there is an old rotten tree stump which is home to a species of Darkling beetle. Of course there are many species of Darkling beetle but I believe these to be Meneristes australis. The larvae of these beetles are known as false wireworms. Now if you want to know the difference between a wireworm and a false wireworm then you will have to refer to old blog post of mine from 2008.
Here is the link:
http://tasnature.blogspot.com.au/2008/09/wireworms.html


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4 comments:

  1. Hello, fantastic videos. The white faced herons are my favorite, very cool seeing the large group together. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

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    1. Thank you and thanks for the link up.

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  2. Love the black swans jumping in the lovely herons ~ wonderful videos of all sorts of critters ~ very creative ~ thanks,

    Wishing you a fun weekend ~ ^_^

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  3. Thanks for watching. Glad you enjoyed them.

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