Category Archives: Dead Animals

Beetle

Just because I like this beetle.  This is a common beetle in Brisbane around Summer, though i do not know what it is called.  I found this little dead fellow and he is now living in this box, in another box with some other beetles.  I would like to pop the little guy in a glass and wood case but the problem is that there are no longer any loose Naphthalene flakes or little mothballs in Australia, so I am not sure how to keep tiny critters away once it is in the box?  Any hints would be wonderful.

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Gecko Foot

I found this little dead fellow in an odd spot, so wanted to move it somewhere it could be of use to other animals (i.e. the ants could eat it).  I grabbed a few snaps of it’s foot first.  Pretty awesome and amazing little feet!

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It reminded me of this photo of a Gecko being devoured by ants on a brick wall.  They took the entire gecko with them.  I watched them devour it’s flesh.  Came out of the house while later and the bones were gone as well.  When I find dead animals I want to keep the bones of I often find that the small ones are very difficult to just give to the ants to clean as the ants will also devour (or maybe take?) the bones.

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I popped in to the Queensland Museum and this is what I saw.

I had an afternoon appointment near the museum and wanted to use the outing to get some other activity.  I realised I wanted to be drawing some creatures with exoskeletons so decided to pop in to the museum with my camera.  Here is what I saw, plus some blurbs about how some of these critters used to scare me.

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A new skull display.  This is really fun and includes some really tiny tiny skulls.

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Porcupine.  This is a really interesting skull and makes me think of Pans Labyrinth.

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Trapdoor spiders.  I remember my mum pointing out a trapdoor spider hold when we were holidays having a breakdown on the side of the road.  Made me a little concerned to be trapped there.

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A longicorn (that is what this guy is) used to terrify me in the stair well at the flats I lived in.  It might have been a different beetle each time but I was so scared of them!

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Scarabs, because they are pretty.

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Wombat Skeleton, to draw.