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Pomaderris apetala – the 2019 myxo ‘hotspot’

Every year after winter rain has saturated small and large logs in the eucalypt forest, I search for the year's 'hotspot' where several species appear in close proximity on the same substrate. In 2018 the most productive log was a Bedfordia salicina, a small endemic understorey tree in the Asteraceae family. Pomaderris apetala (Rhamnaceae), another … Continue reading Pomaderris apetala – the 2019 myxo ‘hotspot’

Iridescence

Iridescence is a widespread phenomenon in the natural world. It is common in invertebrates including in the eyes, wings and other parts of insects such as flies, wasps, bees, beetles, butterflies and bugs; the setae and other parts of crustaceans; in squid, octopus and cuttlefish; and in arachnids, especially the jumping spiders. Iridescence is also … Continue reading Iridescence