Sunday, 20 April 2008

Scaling the heights

Two years ago much of the Brisbane Ranges was burnt, so the aim of the Field Nats Club excursion yesterday was to see how vegetation was recovering. Most of the eucalypts in the area that copped the 'hot and fierce' part of the fire have epicormic regrowth, whereas those in the 'cooler' fire areas were relatively undamaged. The insects are having a great time - there is hardly a leaf in the whole park that hasn't been nibbled. (Maybe I'm exaggerating, because we only visited a tiny section.)

ants and scale

The meat ants were climbing into the regrowth to get to the substance exuded by the scale insects.

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