Monday, June 13, 2016

Pouch Joey of Red-necked Wallaby

13 June 2016

Winter is well and truly here, and there isn't much 'green pick' left for the local wallabies and kangaroos.  This morning we watched a beautiful young red-necked wallaby hop in and out of its mum's pouch and try out it's hopping ability and gain some confidence in our back yard. It would have a quick run around the garden, and then dive back into the security of mums pouch quickly and then graze with mum from the pouch.  We never tire of watching their antics or their beauty.

J & B.

Red-necked Wallabies - Jarowair 13/06/16

Red-necked Joey & Wallaby - Jarowair 13/06/16

Monday, June 6, 2016

Monarch Caterpillars on Cotton Bush Weed

06 June 2016

MONARCH CATERPILLARS - BALLOON COTTON BUSH WEED

This morning while pulling out seeded Balloon Cotton Bush Weed (Gomphocarpus physocarpus) after the rain, I found two of the plants had Monarch Caterpillars (Danaus plexippus) residing on them. Monarchs were self introduced to Australia in the early 1870's from North America. The milky weed of the cotton bush weed is one of their host plants, and this plant protects them, as by feeding on it, it results in them being toxic to predators. Birds will apparently be violently ill after eating monarch caterpillars, although it is noted that the Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike & Pied Currawong seem to be able to tolerate them. "The caterpillars' bright colour is a warning to these predators that they are potentially toxic" (Australian Museum)


So now I have the quandary of finding another host plant to move them to, wishing I had just cut the balloon seed balls off the weed and left it for the caterpillars for the time being. Now to go looking for other milk weeds on the property to transfer the caterpillars onto.

J.G.

Monarch Caterpillars (Danaus plexippus) Jarowair 06/06/16

The front end of a Monarch Caterpillar (Danaus plexippus) Jarowair 06/06/16

The back end of the Monarch Caterpillars (Danaus plexippus) Jarowair 06/06/16

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Northern Brown Bandicoot at Jarowair

21st May 2016

This is 'Bonnie' the little Northern Brown Bandicoot.  She now lives here at Jarowair, after she was hand-raised by myself with her sister 'Belinda', from a quite small size.  They came into care after their mother was burnt in a fire and didn't survive, and they couldn't be released back to that location.  They both went really well and are great additions to Jarowair.  We do have other Northern Brown bandicoots here, however we haven't ever managed to get an up close photo of one as they dart away quite quickly when the torch is on them.

J.G.

"Northern Brown Bandicoot" at Jarowair 21/05/16 )
iphone photo)