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suniat

Date

October 12, 2014

Description

Found in my car. Don't know how and when it flew in.

Plants

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tony_wills

Date

November 14, 2013

Description

I was concentrating on the spider and neglected to get decent photos of the plant, anyone able to id it?

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Song Thrush Turdus philomelos

Observer

tony_wills

Date

October 26, 2014

Description

I'm not really sure what bird this is, but I guess a Song Thrush.

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Seaweed

Observer

tony_wills

Date

October 26, 2014

Description

A bit of a gratuitous posting as I don't suppose that anyone can identify it from the photo, but I love the pattern left on the beach ;-)

Plants

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What

Smelly weed Kingdom Plantae

Observer

tony_wills

Date

October 26, 2014

Description

A weed that has a slightly unpleasant smell, not sure what it reminds me of. Covering a lot of space either side of the track.

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Tui (mainland subspecies) Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae ssp. novaeseelandiae

Observer

tony_wills

Date

October 26, 2014

Description

Another tui that's finding plenty of flax nectar action.

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kowhai seed Genus Sophora

Observer

tony_wills

Date

October 26, 2014

Description

Kowhai seed buried in the mulch around plantings by the beach grassed area. No sign of sprouting, I think they've been here for over a year since the big storm last year washed them up.

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Common Broomrape Orobanche minor

Observer

tony_wills

Date

October 26, 2014

Description

I think I should recognise this, but I don't :-) Asparagus anyone?

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What

Tui (mainland subspecies) Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae ssp. novaeseelandiae

Observer

tony_wills

Date

October 26, 2014

Description

You have to look closely (I've included a zoom in, but even then it might be something else with a yellow (flax pollen?) smudge on its forehead)

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tony_wills

Date

October 26, 2014

Description

A hebe enveloped by a legume.

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Sweet Peas and Vetchlings Genus Lathyrus

Observer

tony_wills

Date

October 26, 2014

Description

A legume that has completely enveloped a hebe.

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What

scots broom Cytisus scoparius

Observer

tony_wills

Date

October 26, 2014

Description

In full bloom, pods already forming. Covering large areas that were recently grass.

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Gorse Ulex europaeus

Observer

tony_wills

Date

October 26, 2014

Description

Not as much gorse as broom evident in the area, but perhaps because the gorse flowers haven't quite opened yet and the broom is in full bloom.

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Woad-leaved Ragwort Senecio glastifolius

Observer

tony_wills

Date

October 26, 2014

Description

A white/purple flowered weed that forms very pretty swathes of colour :-)

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Cabbage Tree Cordyline australis

Observer

tony_wills

Date

October 26, 2014

Description

A very large cabbage tree, or a grove of cabbage trees. Appears to be isolated, couldn't spot any others nearby.

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Pigeonwood Hedycarya arborea

Observer

tony_wills

Date

October 27, 2014

Description

Not sure of this tree species, but Kereru eat its fruit.

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What

Kereru Hemiphaga novaeseelandiae ssp. novaeseelandiae

Observer

tony_wills

Date

October 27, 2014

Description

Kereru feeding on fruit. I have often seen and heard the flight of pigeons around this area, but hadn't before seen their objective.

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Southern Ant Monomorium antarcticum

Observer

tony_wills

Date

October 26, 2014

Description

This second colony behaves a little differently from http://naturewatch.org.nz/observations/1038228. They move very rapidly, and every so often bend double and mark objects? with their abdomen. They also appear to have fewer serrations on their jaw, and a lot have a lighter coloured area where the abdomen joins the next body segment.

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What

Southern Ant Monomorium antarcticum

Observer

tony_wills

Date

October 26, 2014

Description

I have photographed this ant colony a number of times, but didn't feel that I had a satisfactory closeup for a positive id. But this time I can see the jaws in one photo.

These ants move at a measured pace not like other nearby ants that move very rapidly. I thought that all adult ants of a colony were the same size, but one of the ants here was noticeably smaller (see third photo) but appears to be the same species, and disappeared into the same nest entrance as the rest.

They were busily gathering bite sized morsels from a discarded orange coloured waffle icecream cone.

The colony was inside/behind a concrete or brick block wall joined with cement mortar holding up a sandy bank.

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What

True Bugs Suborder Heteroptera

Observer

tony_wills

Date

October 26, 2014

Description

Small red insect that appeared from under the bark of a dead branch, then went back the way it came. Images are a compromise between magnification and depth of field, but hopefully still identifiable! The tree is a Karo if that happens to matter.

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Black Rat Rattus rattus

Observer

tony_wills

Date

October 26, 2014

Description

Dead rat in car park, cause of death not apparent.

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Observer

mfpaul

Date

October 25, 2014

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Observer

mfpaul

Date

September 21, 2014

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New Zealand Leaf Veined Slug Family Athoracophoridae

Observer

mfpaul

Date

March 10, 2014

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Cook Strait Giant Weta Deinacrida rugosa

Observer

mfpaul

Date

October 25, 2014

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

This dead female giant weta found on the footpath in the sanctuary.

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Hen and Chicks Fern Asplenium bulbiferum

Observer

mfpaul

Date

August 17, 2014

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Pale Flax Linum bienne

Observer

heidimeudt

Date

October 25, 2014

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Tree Nettle Urtica ferox

Observer

heidimeudt

Date

October 25, 2014

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Whiteywood Melicytus ramiflorus

Observer

heidimeudt

Date

October 25, 2014

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Kawakawa Macropiper excelsum

Observer

heidimeudt

Date

October 25, 2014