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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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Observing an emu

Join Don Spencer as he describes the emu, one of the biggest birds in the world. Watch emus searching for food and taking care of their eggs. Discover what makes the emu different from most other birds.

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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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Animal weapons: green tree ant

This is a colour clip about the green tree ant ('Oecophylla smaragdina') a type of weaver ant that lives in colonies in tropical regions of the world. Green tree ants have perfected the art of teamwork to build their nests of leaves between the branches of trees. They cooperate to capture a grasshopper, a feat impossible ...

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National parks: Whitsunday Islands and the Low Isles

This is a colour clip showing the landscapes, flora and fauna of the Whitsunday Islands National Park and the Low Isles marine reserves. The clip explains that the Whitsundays, formerly mountain peaks on continental Australia, were created by the rising of the sea 8,000 years ago. It shows the characteristic tree of the ...

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Magnetic structures built by termites, 1950

This is a black-and-white photograph taken in 1950 of a man standing on a plain in the Northern Territory of Australia. There are nine magnetic termite (white ant) towers around him, some of which appear to be twice his height.

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Southern short-nosed bandicoots, 1958

This is a colour photograph of two southern short-nosed or brown bandicoots, taken at night in 1958.

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Camouflaged pheasant coucal chicks, 1968

This is a black-and-white photograph of three chicks in their nest, titled 'Three hairy chicks of the Pheasant Coucal (Centropus phasianinus) lying in a nest amongst long grass, 1968'. The tiny chicks are camouflaged by the surrounding leaves and vegetation that have been used to build the nest.

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Mud dauber wasp building a nest

This is a colour photograph of a mud dauber wasp ('Sceliphron' sp.) building a mud nest. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Hymenoptera, Family: Sphecidae.)

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Two worker honey-pot ants resting in the nest

This is a black-and-white photograph of two worker honey-pot ants ('Camponotus inflatus') resting in the nest, showing their swollen abdomens where they store nutrients for the colony. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Hymenoptera, Family: Formicidae.)

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Green tree ants building a nest - asset 2

This is a colour photograph of green tree ants ('Oecophylla smaragdina') building a nest from living leaves. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Hymenoptera, Family: Formicidae.)

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Giant northern termite soldiers and workers

This is a colour photograph of worker and soldier giant northern termites ('Mastotermes darwiniensis') in their wood nest. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Isoptera, Family: Mastotermitidae.)

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Spinifex termite mound

This is a colour photograph of a mound of the spinifex termite ('Nasutitermes triodiae'). (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Isoptera, Family: Termitidae.)

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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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'Catching crocodiles', 1933 - asset 6

This is an excerpt from a black-and-white film about shooting and trapping crocodiles in the north of Australia in 1933. It was filmed and directed by Noel Monkman. A soundtrack of strings playing Mozart backs the commentary. A shot of two crocodile mud baths cuts to a man uncovering a crocodile nest to expose the eggs. ...

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'Catching crocodiles', 1933 - asset 7

This is an excerpt from a black-and-white film about hunting and trapping crocodiles in the north of Australia in 1933. It was filmed and directed by Noel Monkman. A soundtrack of strings playing Mozart backs the commentary. The excerpt begins with a close-up comparison of a crocodile egg with a hen's egg. A young woman ...

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Leadbeater's possum

This is a colour photograph of a preserved Leadbeater's possum ('Gymnobelideus leadbeateri'). It is a museum specimen. The long bushy tail, large eyes and ears are displayed in the image.

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Webs of Intrigue, 1992: Trapdoor spider

This clip shows presenter and narrator Densey Clyne in the Australian bush, talking about trapdoor spiders and then seeking and finding a trapdoor spider's burrow, along with trapdoor. The clip depicts the trapdoor, parts of the burrow and close-up shots of the spider itself. Music in horror-film style accompanies close-up ...

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Nature of Australia - Land of Flood and Fire, 1988: Walking on water

This clip shows comb-crested jacanas rearing their young in a paperbark swamp in northern Australia. The early scenes show the male bird 'brooding' three eggs in a small nest built on the top of floating lily pads. The following scenes show the female defending the male from other females. In the next scene the chicks have ...