The Bali Botanical Garden is up in the mountains, near Mount Batur, an hour or so from Ubud by car. Its altitude makes its climate significantly cooler than the lowlands and the day we visited was overcast with intermittent rain but we had a wonderful time anyway. The orchids and ferns were particularly good, and we would have spent far more time in the Taman Usada or Continue reading “Bali Botanical Gardens”
Ants, wasps and bees (Hymenoptera) create a stunning range of nests, many of them so specific to the species that they can be used to identify their makers, as Mike Downes said in his article about black weaver ants.
That’s certainly true of Leafcutter bees (Megachile spp., Megachilidae, Apoidea) and we might even go one step further and identify them by the marks they leave behind when harvesting their nest-building material.
Leafcutters are solitary, not social like Continue reading “Leafcutter Bees”
A couple of days ago I said, “We’ve been promised rain every day for a week and seen very little – ‘scattered showers and storms’ is a fairly generous description,” Then it started raining, quite steadily.
A week ago I said, “If there’s a fixed open drain, [grey water on a rural property] might run into a banana patch, since bananas are always thirsty.” Now our bananas are standing in ankle-deep water, run-off from the higher side of our own block and from our neighbours.
People around the city are reporting falls of 30 – 120mm over the last few days as the patchy showers turned into widespread rain. Townsville’s official records only tell us what fell at the airport and are taken at 9.00 a.m. every day; the total to 9.00 this morning was 34 mm and I expect tomorrow’s reading to be much higher.
A guest post by Dr Mike Downes; his first, about a different species of black weaver ants, is here.
The subject of ant nests came up recently after an object of interest was handed in at the Museum of Tropical Queensland:
I have just added three ‘new’ posts to the blog:
- Western Queensland, with photos of Ewan, White Mountains and Belyando Crossing (2005)
- Forestry in Tasmania (2005) – not quite what it first seems.
- A review of Nicolas Rothwell’s Journeys to the Interior (2010)
They all pre-date Green Path but are still relevant to it so I have moved them here from my older site.