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This jumping spider (Cosmophasis bitaeniata) - or the Green Tree Ant jumping spider - seems to have taken the "gold plated" option. While it looks nothing like Green Tree Ants (or "weaver ants"), it apparently chemically mimics them (and behaviourally if what I saw today is any guide), so that it can sneak up to the nests and prey on the baby ants.
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Australia's largest jumping spider, the Green Jumping Spider (Mopsus mormon) at Tondoon Botanic Gardens recently.
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Mercury, Venus, Saturn and the core of the Milky Way rising over Lake Awoonga just before sunrise this morning.
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That was actually mum who posted lol. For some reason her pc is logged on as me. 
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A Squatter Pigeon characteristically, well, squatting alongside Twelve Mile Road, near Port Alma, Central Queensland.
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An unknown frog, henceforth dubbed Frodo, came in with my bin this morning. I think it might be a Desert Tree Frog, but I'd be happy to be corrected.
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Here's another from my local Botanic Gardens - an Australian Tiger Dragonfly.
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+Teale Britstra C'est une température d'un été très chaud dans mon pays !! Ici, c'est un hiver très doux,il fait 9°C......;)
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Oops, sorry about the spider post - it was meant to be a "public" post, not to a community. The new method that Google+ uses for posting still catches me out sometimes! Here's a Graphic Flutterer image to make up for my mistake :-)
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+Peter Hunt I know! I love the symmetry, and the complementary colours.
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Wow it has been quite awhile since I posted! I'll have to try and rectify that while it is still summer and there are dragonflies about. Here's one from today - a Fiery Skimmer at Tondoon Botanic Gardens in Gladstone, Australia.
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A female Green Jumping Spider waits to greet visitors to the cafe at Tondoon Botanic Gardens, in Gladstone, Queensland.
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A Blue Tiger Butterfly (Tirumala hamata) takes a sip of nectar at Canoe Point Coastal Reserve, Tannum Sands.

An interesting point about this butterfly is that it belongs to the Nymphalidae family, which are sometimes called "Four footed butterflies". Although it may look as though these insects only have four legs, they do in-fact have the usual six; however the front two legs are held closely to the body. If you look closely, the "extra" legs can be seen just under this butterfly's head as two oddly-shaped white spots.

Like the Monarch of North America, the Blue Tiger is a migratory butterfly, and every few years, huge numbers can be seen flying through south eastern Queensland. Last year was one such year, and at the peak of the migration I could hardly go outside without spotting at least half a dozen of these beautiful jewels floating through our suburban garden.
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I'd figured that the lack of nearby trees meant we wouldn't get many birds visiting our yard. While that seems to be true, it isn't totally devoid of visitors. Australasian Pipits like this one seem to be fairly regular.
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    Master of Science (Astronomy), 2011 - present
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Google suggested I write a small introduction here so that people are sure they have found the correct "Teale Britstra" - though I'm not totally convinced that it's necessary (there can't be too many people with this name!) ;-)

I'm currently studying a coursework Master of Science (Astronomy) degree, and also trying to convince people to become more engaged in this fascinating science (and science in general).
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