Nice Brisbane wildlife story from Mt Gravatt Environment Group.
By: Michael Fox
I’m lucky to be able to get my exercise exploring the wildlife of Mt Gravatt Conservation Reserve.
Squirrel Gliders Petaurus norfolcensis are good at staying home even if they are not into social isolation. Glider families typically occupy a number of different nest boxes going out at night and sleeping during the day.
Butterfly and moth caterpillars are typically selective feeders able to digest only a very limited range of plant species.
So I was interested to find the White Tangle moth caterpillar Callopistria maillardi which feeds on ferns like the invasive garden escapee: Fishbone Fern Nephrolepis cordifolia.
Moths often have to most interesting and colourful caterpillars like this Transverse Moth Xanthodes transversacaterpillar I found feeding on the Native Hibiscus Hibiscus heterophyllus planted by a National Tree Day team.
There are some impressive adult moths Erebus…
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