Armoured and Dangerous – In Cairns

The City of Cairns, in N. Queensland is Australia’s most recognisable and liveable tropical playground. But amidst this peaceful mixed playground, an armoured and dangerous predator is spreading. Armoured and Dangerous, the Australian saltwater crocodile, is one of the planets most efficient killers, and while two decades ago, it was an animal rarely seen or […]

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Lace Marketplace

The Lace Monitor or Lace Goanna (Varanus varius) an Australian member of the monitor lizard family. Know mostly in Australia as goannas they are the second largest lizard after the Perentie (Varanus giganteus). This specimen I found strolling on the beach, unafraid of human presence and feeding on food leftovers by the day visitors to […]

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A Goliath Stick Note

Stick insects (Goliath pictured) have long stick-like bodies that grow up to 50cm in length. Their bodies resemble leaves, sticks or grass, which makes them extremely good at camouflage. They usually have two pairs of wings, but some species are wingless. There are over 2500 species throughout the world and counting, with 150 represented well […]

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Corporate Memory Awash

Recently Melbourne researchers have found that green weaver ants memorise the odour of other green ants and use this to sniff out rivals and do battle. What an interesting reveal, especially when this “whiff” propagates amongst media news frenzy and a global run on the subject, goes a-wire! How much more could one tell about […]

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Green Queen Ant

Strong winds and rain in North Queensland caused the early nesting of some fertilised winged Green Ants called a queen to be damaged or destroyed. Some have died in result of trying to re-established their nesting grounds, by attempting to lay another clutch of eggs (one third in size of the initial egg quantity), dying thereafter possibly […]

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