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By: Michael Fox

I’m lucky to be able to get my exercise exploring the wildlife of Mt Gravatt Conservation Reserve.

Squirrel Gliders Petaurus norfolcensis are good at staying home even if they are not into social isolation. Glider families typically occupy a number of different nest boxes going out at night and sleeping during the day.

White Tangle ~ Callopistria maillardi - Fox Gully Bushcare - 24 Mar 2020

White Tangle moth caterpillar

 

Butterfly and moth caterpillars are typically selective feeders able to digest only a very limited range of plant species.

So I was interested to find the White Tangle moth caterpillar Callopistria maillardi which feeds on ferns like the invasive garden escapee: Fishbone Fern Nephrolepis cordifolia.

Transverse Moth - Xanthodes transversa - caterpillar 2 - 29 Mar 2020

Transverse Moth caterpillar

 

Moths often have to most interesting and colourful caterpillars like this Transverse Moth Xanthodes transversa caterpillar I found feeding on the Native Hibiscus Hibiscus heterophyllus planted by a National Tree Day team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are some impressive adult moths Erebus Moth Erebus terminitincta  with its 100mm wing span and owl like eyes on the wings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Domino Coukoo Bee - Thyreus lugubris 2 - 1 April 2020

Domino Coukoo Bee

 

I also found a new solitary native bee to add to the species list for the Reserve. The well named Domino Coukoo Bee Thyreus lugubris means we have now identified ten species of solitary native bees in the Reserve.

 

Domino Coukoo Bee - Thyreus lugubris 3 - 1 April 2020

Cute white furry whiskers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paperbark Sawfly - Lophyrotoma zonalis 2 - 8 April 2020

Paperbark Sawfly

 

This Paperbark Sawfly Lophyrotoma zonalis is another new species identified in the Reserve. Adult Sawflies are not often seen as they live only one to two weeks in which time they do not feed but mate and lay their eggs on leaves of Melaleuca species.

 

 

Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike - Coracina novaehollandiae - 17 Mar 2020 lr

Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike

 

 

The handsome Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike Coracina novaehollandiae is another addition to the species list.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally I found this cute Koala Phascolarctos cinereus watching us install a Koala Drinker on Tallowwood Eucalyptus microcorys.

A lot of walkers are getting their exercise in the Reserve at the moment. Map of walking tracks.

By: Michael Fox

Join CleanUp Australia – Mt Gravatt Summit

Koala Mum & Joey - 29 Oct 2019 cropped

Koala Mum & Joey: Fox Gully

 

 

Our annual Clean Up is creating a wonderful home for our Koala families as well as a welcome place for walkers and family picnics.

Date: Sunday March 1st 2020

Start time: 8am

Meet at: Mt Gravatt Summit carpark – near Love Well Project

Please join our Clean Up teams picking up rubbish or removing Lantana

CoverShare visual stories of Mt Gravatt Conservation Reserve with family and friends and support our ongoing restoration work and wildlife research.

The theme of this year’s annual Photographic Workshop was Aspects and Viewpoints: look for a viewpoint that emphasises the story and the aspect frames the subject. Participants learned to tell a story using lighting and depth of field to capture their experience of being in the bush.

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By: Michael Fox

Thanks to Fflur Collier, BCC Wildlife Conservation Partnerships I have been able to make valuable additions to our Flora and Fauna of Mt Gravatt Conservation Reserve research.

Accurate identification of fungi species can be extremely difficult so tentative identification is used in some cases. Please share any insights or corrections.

Flora and Fauna - Fungi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ever wondered how to use all those numbers at the bottom of your camera’s view screen?

Join Alan Moore for our 2019 Photography Workshop and learn how to use those numbers to take extraordinary photos.

The theme this year is choosing the Aspect and Viewpoint that best tells your story.

Date: 19 May 2019

Book your workshop place today before it fills up.

 

Pollinator Link

By: Michael Fox

Kookaburra Legless Lizard - 11 March 2019

Kookaburra with lunch - 11 April 2019Kookaburra with early lunch 

Benno and I spent Thursday morning restoring another section of Fox Gully Wildlife Corridor.

Laughing Kookaburras Dacelo novaeguineae love to join us at Bushcare, typically finding a handy perch where they are ready to swoop on any tasty snack like this legless lizard.

Common Net-casting Spider - Deinopis ravidus - female - 11 April 2019Common Net-casting Spider female

Some of the wildlife avoided the attentions of our Kookaburra visitor. We found a female Common Net-casting Spider Deinopis ravidus. Net-casting spiders have a fascinating technique for catching lunch. They don’t make a permanent web but sit with a net between their front legs ready to to catch ants, beetles or spiders.

Bark Cockroach - Laxta sp. - 11 April 2019 Bark Cockroach Laxta sp.

Bark Cockroachs Laxta sp. provide valuable recycling services composting leaf litter and improving soil.

Steps to gully - 11 April 2019 Gully access steps

Steep sides make gully restoration complex so the first step is building access steps. Working from the bottom clearing weeds facing uphill…

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Cover2Share a close up view Mt Gravatt Conservation Reserve with family and friends and support our ongoing restoration work and wildlife research.

The theme of this year’s annual Photographic Workshop was Look Closely: using macro photography to help participants focus on details they would not normally notice. Participants learned to tell a story using lighting and depth of field to capture their experience of being in the bush.

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By: Michael Fox

Join CleanUp Australia – Mt Gravatt Summit

Green Carpenter Bee - Xylocopa (Lestis) aeratus - 31 Jan 2018 cropped

Green Carpenter Bee

Clean Up and restoration work is making an impact with wildlife like this female Green Carpenter Bee Xylocopa (Lestis) aeratus returning to the restored habitat. Video shows the female chewing a nest hollow into an Acacia.

Date: March 4th 2018

Start time: 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM

Meet at: Mt Gravatt Summit carpark – near Love Well Project

Please join our Clean Up teams picking up rubbish or removing Creeping Lantana

Video: D. Frenkiel

Koala mun and joey on branch - 29 Oct 2017

Koala Mum and Joey – Photo: D. Frenkiel

By: Michael Fox

 

Hearing loud grunting at night?

Koala breeding season is here, August to February, so males are loudly announcing their availability and we have our first report of a new joey (baby) Koala.

Mountain neighbour Dominic, shared video of a Koala mum with joey clinging to her back while she climbed a Tallowwood Eucalyptus microcorys in Fox Gully Bushcare.

Bottle Brush Grass Tree - Xanthorrhoea macronema - 1 Nov 2017

Bottle Brush Grass Tree Xanthorrhoea macronema

Look for Bottle Brush Grass Tree Xanthorrhoea macronema in flower along Acacia Way and Eastern Outlook Track. Very popular with our native Stingless Bees Tetragonula sp. and Blue Banded Bees Amegilla cingulata these uncommon Grass Trees are found in Mt Gravatt Conservation Reserve but not in Toohey Forest just one kilometre away across the Motorway.

Daviesia villifera - fower - Aug 07

Bitter Pea Daviesia villifera

 

 

 

 

 

Along Acacia Way you will also find Bitter Pea Daviesia villifera with it’s bright yellow flowers and distinctively shaped leaves.

Broad-leaf bramble - Raspberry - Rubus moluccanus - flower - 1 Nov 2017

Broad-leaf bramble (Raspberry) Rubus moluccanus

The Bitter Pea is caterpillar food plant for the Fringed Heath-blue butterfly Neolucia agricola

 

 

 

 

 

Look for native raspberries in flower along Acacia Way. We have ten native raspberry species in Queensland. Broad-leaf bramble Rubus moluccanus occurs naturally in Mt Gravatt Conservation Reserve.

However, if you want to grow your own native raspberries I recommend Large-fruited Raspberry Rubus probus, fast growing and the biggest raspberries I have ever eaten. Just make sure you restrain it by planting in a large pot as these plants sucker aggressively.

King Parrort Acacia seed

Acacia fimbriata seed                                                       Male King Parrot

Brisbane Fringed Wattle Acacia fimbriata has finished its beautiful bright yellow winter flowering. However, if you are lucky you will see a King Parrot Alisterus scapularis feeding on the seeds. Listen for the King Parrot call as you walk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pollinator Link

By: Michael Fox GroNative App

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