At up to 30cm long and armed with spines for crushing and shredding food, we’ve identified a previously unknown creature that would have been a giant among its neighbours in the waters off modern-day South Australia.
After ten years of planning, the project to construct Australia’s largest rewilding project is currently underway.
Construction of the Australian Space Agency will begin in 2019.
There have always been an unusual number of ladybirds in Mount Burr, South Australia according to photographer Steve Chapple, but nothing like the sight he stumbled upon recently. Ladybirds are currently swarming a local radio tower in the millions, confounding experts and stunning onlookers who are now flocking to see the phenomenon. They’re four inches deep and the base of the tower is about five metres by five metres, so you’d have to talk in the millions,” Steve told the ABC. So what are they doing? Research entomologist Adam Slipinski, a renowned expert in ladybirds, told Australian Geographic that it’s common for ladybirds to migrate towards prominent landscape features and disperse after a period of time. They do not feed and one of the potential factors of their quiescent period is probably sudden food shortage but changes in humidity, day length and other environmental factors have been listed as potential stimulants. In the northern hemisphere they often form winter aggregations, and these happen here as well, but I think these occurring right now are of different nature and beetles will disperse into more cryptic niches before winter snaps. See the images below.
Up until now the only known population of the rare purple desert flower existed just north of Coober Pedy.
In a bid to understand more about Australia’s microbat populations, scientists from the University of Adelaide are asking the public to use bat detectors to record and analyse each species unique calls.