Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Green Tree Frogs Galore

22 November 2016

Each night our back glass doors leading onto our deck, becomes alive with Green Tree Frogs (Litoria caerulea), appearing from goodness knows where. Most nights we can count 10-15 scattered along the edges of the windows, waiting for moths to come to the light shining from inside.  Last week however a record number of 19 were counted in the one area!!  I have attached a short instagram video of the 19 frogs to this post.

It is good to note that the frogs are all different sizes, confirming that they are breeding and surviving well at Jarowair.  I guess they have learnt quickly that sitting by the widows on the deck is a 'sure thing' as food sources go, plus they have the dogs water bowl to then go and use as a jacuzzi later on.  We do not use any sprays or insecticides on our property, hence plenty of spiders to knock down all of the time, but the plus side of this is that we have plenty of insectivore's calling the outside walls and decks home.  Many people do not realize the damage they can do to wildlife by spraying their homes for spiders.  Geckoes, frogs and microbats all rely on small insects for their diets, and if these insects come into contact with areas that have been previously sprayed, this is a catastrophe for the native wildlife.

J.G.


Green Tree Frogs (Litoria caerulea) on the deck at Jarowair 23/11/16

Green Tree Frogs (Litoria caerulea) on the deck at Jarowair 23/11/16


Green Tree Frogs (Litoria caerulea) on the deck at Jarowair 23/11/16


Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Caper White Butterfly Migration 2016

8 November 2016

There has been "Light snow" (aka Butterfly Blizzard) in the Toowoomba region the last few days, with the influx of thousands of beautiful Caper White Butterflies (Belenois java) on their once in 6 year migration from Western Qld. These native butterflies only migrate when the weather is warm and suitable for breeding. They move east in search of food and to breed, and will then lay their eggs on the native Wild Caper tree or Mock Orange shrub. It is quite a spectacular sight to witness.
I have been noticing them locally for six days, and thought it was time I attempted a few photos of this phenomenon, as the migration usually only lasts around one week.

J.G.

Caper White Butterflies (Belenois java) during migration at Jarowair 8/11/16

Female Caper White Butterfly(Belenois java) during migration at Jarowair 8/11/16

Caper White Butterflies (Belenois java) during migration at Jarowair 8/11/16

Caper White Butterflies (Belenois java) during migration at Jarowair 8/11/16


Thursday, November 3, 2016

Australian Coral Snake a new sighting

1 November 2016

Second sighting ever at Jarowair of an Australian Coral Snake!!

It has been six years since our previous, once only sighting of an Australian Coral Snake (Simoselaps australis), until now! Brendon came across this 30cm approx beauty at the back of our property at night.  We were beyond thrilled to see it, as such a long time has gone by since our last sighting - and it's not for the lack of looking that's for sure.

The previous sighting was of a tiny juvenile (see post here) which had ventured into our garage at a time that we were doing some light earth-works creating new garden beds near the house.  It was likely because of this disturbance, why it had ventured indoors.

The Australian Coral Snake can grow to 50cm long, but the average length is 30cm, which is what we estimated this one to be. They are a snouted snake with a snout that is slightly upturned with an acute transverse cutting edge. They are uncommon nocturnal burrowing snake, that is weakly venomous, found under rocks and logs, eats lizards and reptile eggs.

We took a few photos and we both picked up the snake for a brief better look at it, then it went on it's way, disappearing under grass tufts without a trace.

B & J

SOURCE: http://www.fauna.com.au/web_pages/animals/reptiles/australian_coral_snake.html


Australian Coral Snake (Simoselaps australis) at Jarowair 01/11/2016
Australian Coral Snake (Simoselaps australis) at Jarowair 01/11/2016
Australian Coral Snake (Simoselaps australis) at Jarowair 01/11/2016