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Amazing Fungi!

I’ve been noticing these amazing fungi – some sort of puffball I think, coming up on roadside verges through the road gravel.

I can’t wait to ask Alison Pouliot about them!

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Alison running two Fungi Workshops for Bushlinks

Sunday 22nd March at Tumbarumba (Wenoma Studio) 10 – 2.30pm

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Monday 23rd March at Mullengandra Hall 10 – 2pm

To book your place call Holbrook Landcare Network on 0260363181!

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Been stung in the bushes lately?

If you have been out in the bush lately and come out with stinging welts – this may be the culprit!

These Cup moth larvae hatched in the Holbrook district a month or two a go and have been busy communally feasting on Eucalyptus leaves. I think these are the “Black Slug Cup moth”  (Doratifera casta ) that are sometimes a pest in Eucalypt plantations, but come and go with the seasons. They have tufts of hair on them that come off on contact and can irritate the skin. My kids have been complaining abut mysterious ‘stingers’ in the bushes lately and these guys are the culprits!

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After they are fully grown, the individual Caterpillars leave the foodplant and walk up to 20 metres looking for a suitable crevice or piece of leaf litter in which to pupate. I have noticed them moving around the place, including one on our outdoor dunny seat the other day – could’ve had interesting consequences if I hadn’t seen it first!

The cocoon is a cup-like structure usually attached to a stem or leaf  and they will overwinter and hatch in the spring. The adult moth is a pretty non-descript (sure some keen Lepidoptera enthusiasts will disagree with that!) brown moth up to 50mm. I’ll look forward to seeing if I can recognise them in the Spring.

An entomologists once challenged me to find a ‘perfect’ eucalypt leaf – its a very difficult task, such is the diversity of animals and insects that have evolved with Eucalypts and are dependent on them for food and shelter. Go and have a try!

 

 

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Thinking about revegetation?

This is the time of year people are planning their projects for the next year. Through the Bushlinks project we have released some information about planning revegetation that is available here.

The key thing to remember is to set your objective at the start – is it for stock shelter, is it for biodiversity or is it for both? How much are you wanting to graze it once established? What method do you want to do – direct seed or tubestock?

The ideal design, area to include, species to plant etc could be quite different for each of these.

Have a read and start thinking…..

S2S Bushlinks has some limited funding for this financial year and applications will close in March. Contact Kylie if you have a project you are really keen to do straight away.

Another round of funding will become available in July 2015.

 

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Happy World Wetlands Day!!

In celebration of World Wetlands Day 2015, we thought we would share some of the images from wetlands in this area….these beauties are all on private land in this region, showing how farmers are able to create and maintain important habitat in the farming landscape.

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Dam wetland in Wantagong – photo Alex Knight

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Doughtys Creek near rosewood

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Doodle Comer Swamp, Henty in 2013

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Water Ribbons in a wetland in the Wantagong Valley

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Swamp on the Billabong Floodplain near Holbrook

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Gilgai swamp near Holbrook

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Another beautiful swamp on the Billabong floodplain in Holbrook

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Fish Ck wetland in the Wantagong Valley

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Look at this beauty!

Spring has been kind to some of our insects – Kylie came across this beauty the other day up in the bush on Four Mile Lane.

We are pretty sure its an Emperor Gum Moth  (Opodiphthera eucalypti) . There are pics of the caterpillars and cocoons at this link http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au/satu/eucaly.html, and both are familiar, but this is the first year that Kylie has seen the moths flying around aswell.

Also saw the first Bogong Moth of the season yesterday!