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Victorian marine fossils

This is an information sheet that provides a summary of the major kinds of invertebrate fossils found in Victoria. The sheet is available as a PDF for download.

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Mini-beasts

This collection of 24 digital curriculum resources is organised into categories of insects, arachnids, centipedes and crustaceans, with descriptions of their sometimes bizarre body features and behaviours in a category titled body structure and adaptations. Colour photographs, scientific illustrations and close-up microscope ...

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Some Australian beetles, flies, ants, wasps and bees

This is a group of colour scientific illustrations of some Australian beetles, flies, ants, wasps and bees showing a range of shapes and body forms. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Orders: (A-J) Coleoptera, (K-P) Diptera, (Q-V) Hymenoptera.)

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Insect fossils

This is an information sheet describing the fossil history of insects and why insects have been so successful over a long period. It has a short section on the early fossils of their relatives, the spiders. The sheet is available as a PDF for download.

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Threatened Victorian non-marine invertebrates

This is an information sheet that names the 46 species of invertebrate listed as threatened in Victoria under the 'Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988'. It also provides information about the threats to them, including habitat loss.

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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.

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Introduced marine organisms in Port Phillip Bay

This is an information sheet describing some of the approximately 100 marine species that have been introduced accidentally to Port Phillip Bay.

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Some Australian grasshoppers, cockroaches, a mantid and an earwig

This is a group of colour scientific illustrations of some Australian insects of the Orders Mantodea (mantids), Blattodea (cockroaches), Dermaptera (earwigs) and Orthoptera (grasshoppers and katydids). (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda.)

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Land crayfish

This is an information sheet on land crayfish. It provides information about their classification, distribution, behaviour and life cycle.

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Flow of energy: seagrass

Use this tool to create a diagram that shows the flow of energy within a seagrass ecosystem. Select and position appropriate items of a food chain, symbols, lines and text boxes to build an energy diagram. You can use the images from the tool or import your own images.

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Some Australian insects exhibiting Batesian mimicry

This is a group of colour scientific Illustrations of some Australian insects whose defensive strategies involve Batesian mimicry, a characteristic in which an innocuous species gains protection by resembling a dangerous, toxic or bad-tasting species. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda.)

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Dragonflies and damselflies

This is an information sheet on dragonflies and damselflies with descriptions, details of habitat, general biology and images. The information sheet is available as a PDF for download.

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European wasps in Australia

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

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Bugs

This is a website devoted to insects and bugs. It includes 'bug-toons' and games.

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Animals that like wet weather

Imagine a place where it rains most of the time. What sort of creatures might live there? This clip shows a very wet place where the animals need lots of water to survive.

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Ants helping stick insects?

Some animals depend on other animal species to survive and reproduce. Watch this clip to discover that ants, which mistake stick insect eggs for a seed to eat, actually help to protect stick insect eggs before they hatch into new babies. Find out how this relationship and some adaptations affect the life cycle of stick insects.

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Primary Connections: Schoolyard safari

This comprehensive teacher resource explores the external features of small animals and how their features help them survive in their habitats, through a series of collaborative inquiry-based learning activities. Investigations into how a range of small animals move, feed and protect themselves are conducted, and comparisons ...

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Eastern goldenhaired blowfly

This is a black-and-white, detailed scientific illustration of an eastern goldenhaired blowfly ('Calliphora stygia') showing body segments, legs and compound eyes. The detailed vein pattern of the wings is clearly visible. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Diptera, Family: Calliphoridae.)

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Honey bee stages and broodcomb

This is a colour photograph of eight honey bees ('Apis mellifera') and a piece of broodcomb. The honey bees show a progression through the final three stages of development from larvae through pupae to mature adult. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Hymenoptera, Family: Apidae.)

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Translucent shell of a 'Cardiaspina' lerp insect

This is a black-and-white scientific illustration of the translucent, shell-like cover secreted onto a leaf by a sap-sucking, lerp insect ('Cardiaspina textrix'). (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Hemiptera, Family: Psyllidae.)