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Brown Quail chick

This attractive moth has a wingspan around 6cm with a dark subtle pattern including an eye spot on each forewing broken by a bold diagonal white line across each wing. Found over the north-east quarter of Australia and a new species for the Conservation Area with no common name. (Butler 1877.)

I.D. courtesy of Don Herbison-Evans further reference: http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au/cato/lanipes.html

Donuca lanipes Moth

 

 

The caterpillar of the Orchard or Citrus Swallowtail Butterfly. “Although this caterpillar is a pest on suburban lemon trees it is one of the most interesting caterpillars in Australia. Both its structure and its behaviour have evolved to an extraordinary degree to give it protective mechanisms against predators. It also grows into one of the largest butterflies to grace suburban gardens.”

Further reference available at http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au/papi/aegeus.html

I.D. courtesy of Don Herbison Evans.

Papilio aegeus Caterpillar

 We are pleased to have reached a significant milestone in our ongoing commitment to the identification, study, research  and sharing of species information through the Sportsmans Creek Conservation Area in the Clarence Valley of Northern New South Wales. Our environmental commitment to this property began as a personal pathway but it soon became obvious that the information we were  gaining deserved to be more widely distributed. A solar powered laptop and the medium of blogging has allowed us to achieve a much wider audience for the 650 identified species of flora and fauna found to date. As of today over one hundred thousand people have visited the web page to learn and research from all around the world including the Natural History Museum of London.

Grey Kangaroo and Joey

Water Scorpion grow to over 50mm long they can extend the tube on their backs out of  the water to breathe air like a snorkel while swimming. They can ambush fast swimming prey such as small fish catching them between their front legs and stabbing them with their pointed probiscus.  Known as Toe-biters able to inflict a nasty nip although this specimen played dead when disturbed. Water Scorpions are also capable fliers and inhabit waterholes over much of Australia.

Found feeding in grassy groundcover is the abundant Eastern Rosella. 

Sportsman Creek Conservation Area will be hosting the inaugural Festival of Nature on Sunday- September 11th. Activities anticipated for the day include guided bush walks with ecologist Dr. Greg Clancy.  Art Exhibition by Nature Artist Graham Payne, beautiful cross-stitched Embroideries of natural subjects a Contemporary Rustic Furniture display by the author and Photographic Display of 200 species found on the conservation area. Sharon Lehman will be conducting  special bird walks for the kids along with a talk and display on the  local Cane Toad and Myna threat. This month of festival activities is being promoted by the Nature Conservation Council and the National Parks Association across new South Wales.

Bring along a rug and picnic lunch plus some sturdy boots for the walkers.

Guided walks range from easy 400 metre to medium fitness 2km.  

Red Lantana is a scrambling shrub which often forms dense thickets. Originally native to North and South America the weedy forms now infest over 4 million hectares of Australia and has a major impact on agriculture and the environment. Red flowered forms are toxic to cattle with an estimated 1,500 deaths attributed per year through liver insufficiency and kidney failure. Small thickets appear on the wildlife refuge which are hand removed.

Further reading;http:// www.northcoastweeds.org.au/site-files/docs/redlantana_rep.pdf


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