I rarely noticed crabs when walking along the beach. That all changed when I started to visit Apollo Bay (Victoria), most school holidays. We would find multiple species of crabs each visit and wanted to learn more about them. There was so much diversity in the one harbour! I bought this book to help me figure out the exact species I was seeing.[Read more…] about Book Review: Crabs, Hermit Crabs And Allies
Writing a guide to the beetles of Australia is no simple task. According to the Australian Museum, there are potentially 30’000 species that may occur in Australia. Only two-thirds of these have been scientifically described.
The authors accomplished something amazing with this book. They’ve provided an overview of most beetle families that may be encountered in Australia. This is done via brief descriptions of 17 superfamilies as well as 91 families. Usually, I would struggle with this type of format and become overwhelmed. Instead, I was greeted by a fun read that I’ll be referring to a lot on my entomology journey.[Read more…] about Book Review: A Guide To The Beetles Of Australia
Life on the Rocky Shores is one of my favourite books for beginner rockpoolers. The guide is a compact (148mm x 105mm) guide that features 96 species that are commonly found along the shores of South-Eastern Australia. It has since become one of the first books I check when trying to identify intertidal marine life.[Read more…] about Book Review: Life on the Rocky Shores of South-Eastern Australia
I’ve read a lot of field guides to review for this website. I’ve amassed a lot of knowledge but still consider myself to be a beginner. This has resulted in me reading a lot of species profiles. Some are very user friendly; many are not. The Guide to Introduced Pest Animals of Australia has some of the best species profiles I’ve seen. In this review, I’ll explore whether you should add this book to your collection.[Read more…] about Book Review: Guide to Introduced Pest Animals of Australia
One of the things that shocked me when I started exploring bee identification was how difficult it was to narrow a bee to species.
This is due to two reasons:
- there is still a lot of work to be done in the field
- you need to be able to view the small details, some of which can only be seen using magnification.
I would submit my photos to citizen science websites only to be told that the bee was difficult identify because you couldn’t see a small feature, such as details on the wing, clearly enough. At other times I was told that they couldn’t identify the bee unless the person could look at a dead specimen under a microscope.
Still, I was keen to learn more.[Read more…] about Book Review: A Guide to Native Bees of Australia