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Perfect timing hatches pig-nosed turtles

Pig-nosed turtles have a clever 'waiting' strategy that means their life begins when environmental conditions are suitable. Baby pig-nosed turtles hatch from eggs after heavy rains flood their nest and the river is full of water and food. This means the turtles have their best chance to survive, grow to adults and continue ...

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Animal behaviours

This collection of 25 digital curriculum resources allows students to investigate a range of animal behaviours - defensive behaviours; reproductive behaviours; locomotion; communication; feeding behaviours; adaptive behaviours; and nesting behaviours. Images enable students to build a picture of behaviours such as the strategies ...

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Animal Olympians: hare

This is a colour clip showing contests between both male and female brown hares ('Lepus europaeus'). The narrator describes the brown hare as 'nature's middleweight boxing champ' and describes the contests using boxing terms such as 'uppercut' and 'pummelling'. In the clip there are many hares interacting together in an ...

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Animal Olympians: kangaroo

This is a colour clip showing male kangaroos ('Macropus spp') using their forepaws and hind legs in fighting contests with other males. The narrator describes kangaroos using boxing terms, referring to them as nature's champions in the heavyweight boxing division. There is also footage of a kangaroo wearing gloves and fighting ...

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Animal Olympians: Gila monster

This is a colour clip showing Gila monsters ('Heloderma suspectum') locked in battles for dominance in the Sonoran Desert, USA. The narrator explains that these wrestling championship battles occur each year during the mating season and may last for 8 hours. There is close-up footage of Gila monsters moving along the ground ...

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Animal Olympians: rhino beetle

This is a clip showing male rhino beetles ('Xylotrupes spp') locked in battles for dominance. The narrator explains that these championship weightlifting battles are for the right to mate with females. The clip also shows rhino beetles mating and a scientific experiment demonstrating rhino beetles' strength in the laboratory. ...

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Goliath stick insect hanging from foliage

This is a colour photograph of a goliath stick insect ('Eurycnema goliath') hanging from foliage. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Phasmatodea, Family: Phasmatidae.)

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Head of a female goliath stick insect

This is a close-up colour photograph of the head of a female goliath stick insect ('Eurycnema goliath') revealing details such as eyes, antennae and markings. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Phasmatodea, Family: Phasmatidae.)

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Mating damselflies

This is a black-and-white scientific illustration of mating damselflies ('Coenagrion lyelli'), also known as swamp bluets. They are depicted in two different stages of mating: tandem position (upper) and copulation (lower). (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Odonata, Family: Coenagrionidae.)

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Development of common methana, the black bark cockroach

This is a black-and-white scientific illustration of stages of development of the common methana or black bark cockroach ('Methana marginalis'), from left to right beginning with ootheca, then three nymph stages, to adult. A scale is included. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Blattodea, Family: ...

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Mating golden tigertail dragonflies

This is a colour photograph of golden tigertail dragonflies ('Eusynthemis virgula') mating in the wheel position. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Odonata, Family: Synthemistidae.)

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Mating Australian sheep blowflies

This is a colour photograph of two Australian sheep blowflies ('Lucilia cuprina') mating on a blade of grass. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Diptera, Family: Calliphoridae.)

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Dung beetles on cow dung

This is a colour photograph of two introduced dung beetles ('Geotrupes spiniger') on the surface of cow dung. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Coleoptera, Family: Scarabaeidae.)

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European wasps in a nest

This is a colour photograph of European wasps ('Vespula germanica') in a nest comprised of a complex of individual hexagonal cells. A single queen wasp (centre) and several worker wasps are in the nest and some larvae are also present within the cells. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Hymenoptera, ...

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Water striders on a pond surface

This is a colour photograph of water striders ('Aquarius' sp) on the surface of a pond. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Hemiptera, Family: Gerridae.)