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Cabbage white butterfly

This is an information sheet on the cabbage white butterfly ('Pieris rapae') with description, distribution, habitat, host plant and images. The information sheet is available as a PDF for download.


Life stages of the European wasp

This is an information sheet about the egg, larval, pupal and adult stages of the European wasp, 'Vespula germanica'. It also describes what happens to the wasp population over the course of the year.


European wasps as pests in Australia

This is an information sheet that describes why European wasps are pests in Australia, the health effects their stings can have, and the recommended first aid for stings.


Wood borers

This is an information sheet on the various types of wood borers. Borers are grouped as 'good borers', which cause limited damage, and 'bad borers', which can cause major structural damage. The sheet describes the beetles, their biology and the type of damage they cause, and provides images.


European wasps in Australia

This website explores the problematic history of the European wasp in Australia.

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Kanji whiz

Explore the structures of kanji on balloons, kites or hanetsuki (shuttlecocks). Match structures to simple or compound kanji choosing from three, six or ten structures. Identify the structures correctly to earn points. Build your knowledge of kanji components and structures by checking meanings and spoken readings. Try ...


Pest animals

This collection of 21 digital curriculum resources focuses on pest animals currently affecting the Australian and New Zealand environments. It is organised into three categories - environmental pests, economic pests and human nuisance pests. Images and videos depict some common pest animals as well as some more localised ...


Rabbit plagues in 19th- and 20th-century Australia

This is a collection of 17 digital curriculum resources focusing on the rabbit problem in Australia between their introduction in the mid-19th century and the end of the 20th century. It is organised into three categories - rabbits in plague proportions; attempts to control rabbits; and the uses made of rabbits. It includes ...


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.


European rabbits

This is a black and white photograph of a group of European rabbits ('Oryctolagus cuniculus'). The image shows the rabbits on ground that is barren and lacking any vegetation. (Classification - Phylum: Chordata, Class: Mammalia, Order: Lagomorpha, Family: Leporidae.)


Apple and orange with rotten parts

This photograph shows a golden delicious apple and an orange. The apple has a soft, brown rotten portion. The rotting section of the orange is green with a white centre.


Lorry loaded with dead rabbits, c1918

This is a black-and-white photograph measuring 15.1 cm x 20.4 cm, showing a lorry loaded with 1,760 pairs of dead rabbits being driven from a depot to the nearest railway station. It was taken in about 1918 in New South Wales. The photograph is attributed to the Country Freezing Company Limited. Printed in white at the ...


Rabbit fumigator, Orange, 1966

This is a black-and-white photograph taken at the Australian National Field Days show in Orange, New South Wales, in October 1966. A demonstration is being given of a 'Deckson' rabbit fumigator. Exhaust fumes from the machine are being fed into a simulated rabbit warren at one entrance and emerging as smoke at another. ...


Bush flies as a nuisance to humans

This is a colour photograph of clusters of bush flies ('Musca vetustissima') on the back of a young boy, being a nuisance to humans. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Diptera, Family: Muscidae.)


Searching for insects in dead and rotting wood

This is a colour photograph of a researcher using a machete to probe for insects that have bored into dead wood or are using the dead wood for shelter.


Queensland fruit fly

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


Willow tree defoliated by willow sawfly larvae

This is a colour photograph of a willow tree ('Salix' sp) growing on a freshwater river bank. The willow has been largely defoliated by willow sawfly larvae ('Nematus oligospilus').


Scenes from the Great Depression, c1930s - asset 12

This is a clip taken from black-and-white silent documentary footage of unknown origin. It shows close-up footage of an insect infestation, including insect droppings, in the bedroom of an urban slum during the Great Depression.


'Immunisation. Goodbye to the plague', 1989 - asset 2

This is a clip from an educational film produced for the Department of Community Services and Health that was released in 1989 by the Australian Government to promote the benefits of immunisation. The 12-minute colour film is narrated by an actor in the role of an elderly man describing a range of diseases and infections ...


'Life and Death on the Great Barrier Reef', 2002 - item 1

This is a colour underwater photograph of a crown-of-thorns starfish on a coral reef in the Great Barrier Reef off northern Queensland. The photograph was taken in 2002 during the shooting of the documentary film 'Muddy Waters - Life and Death on the Great Barrier Reef'.