Spiky grubs, tiny bats and the giant stinging tree

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Meet the punk caterpillar who’s willing to take on some of Australia’s most fearsome plants (the Gympie Stinger and Shiny-leaved Stinging Tree), and spends part of its life masquerading as a bat. In recent years it’s also begun to devour … Read More

Beechmont Nature Journal 24th December 2019

Along a path strewn with brown fire-killed leaves; dried, drought-killed leaves, and scattered with charcoal and ash – I find this: Opulent pink flowers, freshly tumbled, two hundred or more. While above me springs the parent tree. Leafless, its bare … Read More

If life sends you lemons, butterflies may follow

We’ve always had a lemon tree, in every place that we’ve lived. “The most useful fruit tree you can have,” says Ray. But the other great thing about cultivating lemons is that a beautiful butterfly tends to follow. Caterpillars of … Read More