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.
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!
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.
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.
A new skull display. This is really fun and includes some really tiny tiny skulls.
Porcupine. This is a really interesting skull and makes me think of Pans Labyrinth.
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.
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!
Scarabs, because they are pretty.
Wombat Skeleton, to draw.