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Hairy flower wasps

This is an information sheet which describes hairy flower wasps, Family Scoliidae, and gives information about their appearance, distribution, behaviour and life cycle.

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Using fodder to reduce parasites and pollution

Find out about a surprising approach that could help control cattle parasites and at the same time reduce cattle greenhouse gas emissions. Listen to Associate Professor Phil Vercoe and research fellow Zoe Dermitch explain the biological effects ('bioactive properties') that fodder plants could have on the cattle that graze ...

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Paintball tag: white blood cells vs allergens

See how a game of paintball tag is used to explain the immune system's reaction to an allergen entering the body. Find out why allergies are on the increase. Discover why your doctor may one day prescribe a dose of parasitic worms to improve your health!

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Leaping tall felines in a single bound

Discover one of the greatest high-jumpers of the animal world. If cat-fleas were the size of humans, they could jump 400 metres into the air! Find out how and why these tiny jumpers leap so high.

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Potatoes infested by the golden potato cyst nematode

The photograph is of a potato crop that is turning yellow from a disease called golden potato cyst nematode. It has been infested by a microscopic animal called a nematode. The disease can cause total crop failure.

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Queensland fruit fly

This is a colour photograph of a Queensland fruit fly ('Bactrocera tryoni'). (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Diptera, Family: Tephritidae.)

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Flea fossil

This is a colour photograph of an ancient flea ('Tarwinia australis') fossilised in mudstone. This specimen is from the Koonwarra fossil bed in South Gippsland, Victoria. The rounded body, long legs that are wider at the top, and the relatively long antennae of this flea specimen are clearly visible.

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All about eggs: What is animal welfare?

This interactive lesson enables students to understand how the growth and survival of a hen is affected by the physical conditions of its environment. They will gain knowledge of the ways in which egg farmers care for their hens and how the government enforces strict guidelines to ensure their safety and wellbeing. Students ...

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What have we got here: mistletoe

This five minute snapshot video about the Australian native parasitic mistletoe debunks some myths associated with mistletoe. It explains the role that mistletoe plays in the ecosystem such as attracting birds, providing food for animals, protecting them from predators. The video also covers seed dispersal, germination ...