I’m watching you! (Luckily I’m too big to eat). This female Preying Mantis is ready to lay eggs having eaten lots of prey insects etc -alive. A great garden ally. #insects #wildlife #gardening #biodiversity ... See MoreSee Less
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A Netcasting Spider, seen from the back. This spider's hunting method is to wait patiently with a rectangular web held between its first two pairs of legs. It has excellent vision. When prey comes near, it is captured in the web as the spider leaps. This one in North Avalon is in a Lomandra plant. They like to lurk plants with strappy leaves, including Cymbidium orchids. Colour can vary, be grey or rufous. Spiders are always ready to escape, so net building spiders wait head down, able to drop to safety with a thread from the spinnerets in the abdomen. ... See MoreSee Less
Cleanup Australia Day. Careel Bay mangroves and saltmarsh now looking better thanks to our clean up site with 10 helpers at end of William St Avalon. Gillian May with her prize find. For some a first visit to this lovely area of Pittwater. ... See MoreSee Less
Not the latest gourmet dish but 8 Leopard Slugs that succumbed to Corona beer. An introduced slug that eats garden plants. Death by beer is a safe one, no risk to other creatures eating commercial slug and snail bait.# insects #gardening # ... See MoreSee Less
I always suggest this to people when I give talks about wildlife, it always gets a laugh!
I used the same method but the magpies got to them before I could!! Umm, beer marinated slugs.😋
What a way to go
Great idea...and they probable loved..because they die drunk...😎...very compassined.
Tuesday February 12th, 2019
Careel Bay mangrove forest at high tide, rich habitat for fish, crabs and many other invertebrates, and the tiny Mangrove Warbler bird. Grey Mangroves, Avicennia marina, breathe through special roots at low tide, tolerate salt and secrete it on their leaves. ... See MoreSee Less
One of the Pittwater area's best creeks is McCarrs Creek. We know it's healthy because of Streamwatch studies done at the Duck Ponds (see image), where it goes under the West Head Rd. Other local creeks are compared to it as a model of good health. We need to know how all our creeks are faring and look after them, so please speak up for them. ... See MoreSee Less
Grevillea caleyi is so rare that every seed is special. Here Royal Botanical Gardens staff enclose seed pods in a gauze bag so seeds can be saved. Forgot to say we just work 8.30 - 12 . Hope you can help at The Baha’i site February 11. We have funding for several more years of work by bush regen contractors, from the Saving our Species program, and our volunteering is part of the deal. ... See MoreSee Less