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What

Giant Willow Aphid Tuberolachnus salignus

Observer

grahame

Date

April 24, 2017

Description

I've been watching for these critters to appear since the start of spring.
They haven't put in an appearance.
A friend said they had seen some on the 21st.
I went for a look at my "main site" on the 22nd and there was heaps of them over the Willow in the area.
They were not there on the 18th
Many more by the 24th
Looking back at my records last year (the first time at Travis) they appeared around the same date.
They were also on Harakeke

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Observer

grahame

Date

April 22, 2017

Description

Daphnia with eggs.
Travis has become flooded.
Water in places that would not "normally" see it.
Amazing to find aquatic life in abundance in places that would normally be dry.

jon_sullivan Project curator ID

Genus Daphnia

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What

Ostracods Class Ostracoda

Observer

grahame

Date

April 22, 2017

Description

Took a water sample in the flooded usual dry area of Travis Wetland.
All sorts of beasties in it.

jon_sullivan Project curator ID

Class Ostracoda

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What

Cryptic Orb Weavers Genus Cryptaranea

Observer

grahame

Date

April 22, 2017

Description

Orb web built in reeds.
Cor Vink agrees but also suggests Cyclosa fuliginata an Aussie sp. that is turning up in ChCh.
I'll go and try and find it again.

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What

Butterflies and Moths Order Lepidoptera

Observer

grahame

Date

April 22, 2017

Description

Ex pupae, it's left home.
On a Combi Guard

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What

Brown Wolf Spider Allotrochosina schauinslandi

Observer

grahame

Date

April 22, 2017

Description

Quite a lot of these ballooning of reeds.
Travis has been flooded the last week or so.
Possibly a reason for these little less than 5mm total length to appear.
Plenty of them walking on the water as well.
Thanks Cor Vink for the probable id.

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What

Leafcurling Sac Spiders Genus Clubiona

Observer

grahame

Date

April 22, 2017

Description

Possibly Clubiona contrita ?
Thanks Cor Vink :)

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What

Honey Bee Apis mellifera

Observer

grahame

Date

April 22, 2017

Description

Feeding on the honey dew from Giant Willow Aphid

jon_sullivan Project curator ID

Apis mellifera

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Observer

grahame

Date

April 20, 2017

Description

These were quite easy to find in the Cabbage tree leaf bases.
Not usually the case.

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What

Water Boatmen Family Corixidae

Observer

grahame

Date

April 14, 2017

Description

The flooding at Travis has caused quite a late season explosion in the population of several aquatic critters.

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What

Galaxiids Family Galaxiidae

Observer

grahame

Date

April 15, 2017

Description

Travis is flooded at present.
This Galaxiid was swimming on it's side and upside down quite a way from any of the permanent waterways.

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What

Wolf Spiders Family Lycosidae

Observer

grahame

Date

April 15, 2017

Description

Travis is flooded at present.
There's lots of these small spiders walking around on top of the water.
Less than 5 mm total length.

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What

Centella Centella uniflora

Observer

meurkc

Date

April 1, 2017

Description

growing well through exotic grass, eleocharis, buttercup and Lotus pedunculatus (see pods); in fen wetland

meurkc Project curator ID

Centella uniflora

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Observer

meurkc

Date

April 1, 2017

Description

in fen wetland - just a few leaves among the introduced creeping butt. ercup. this was in fact originally reintroduced here from a population discovered out in the middle of the wetland - among Carex secta, but not seen there recently. water tables have changed with earthquakes in last 7 years.

meurkc Project curator ID

Ranunculus glabrifolius

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What

Common Mountain Daisy Celmisia gracilenta

Observer

meurkc

Date

April 1, 2017

Description

also a rather old 'flower'; in fen wetland

meurkc Project curator ID

Celmisia gracilenta

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What

tōtara Podocarpus totara

Observer

meurkc

Date

March 18, 2017

Description

I counted 7 totara through the Millenium Forest (planted in 2000) with immature fruits and 2 with male cones - out of several dozen. totara often seems quite slow to mature. this one has been recorded a few times over the last 2-3 years and is quite laden with fruit. I note that it seems somewhat unhealthy (yellowish) and wonder if it is a stress response - the fruiting, as with a matai reported recently from Aynsley Tce

meurkc Project curator ID

Podocarpus totara

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What

Bellbird Anthornis melanura

Observer

meurkc

Date

March 18, 2017

Description

often hear them singing around here, but always difficult to photo !

meurkc Project curator ID

Anthornis melanura

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What

New Zealand cabbage tree Cordyline australis

Observer

meurkc

Date

March 18, 2017

Description

seem to be in full fruit now

meurkc Project curator ID

Cordyline australis

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Australasian Shoveler Anas rhynchotis

Observer

meurkc

Date

March 18, 2017

Description

can't resist photographing these beautiful birds

meurkc Project curator ID

Anas rhynchotis

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What

Beggars' ticks Bidens frondosa

Observer

meurkc

Date

March 18, 2017

Description

OMG - this is so thick here now. and all around a number (ungrazed) pond margins. 3rd picture about 70m SSE overlooking ephemeral ponds (east of "Wetland Walkway"). phenology close to immature fruit - so a small control window before these fruits mature and are dispersed everywhere by birds!

meurkc Project curator ID

Bidens frondosa

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What

Poroporo Solanum laciniatum

Observer

meurkc

Date

March 18, 2017

Description

regeneration of poroporo after someone set fire to a cabbage tree on edge of track which spread into a few surrounding bushes - about a year ago

meurkc Project curator ID

Solanum laciniatum

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What

Bittersweet Nightshade Solanum dulcamara

Observer

meurkc

Date

March 18, 2017

Description

path edge of planted bush

meurkc Project curator ID

Solanum dulcamara

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What

Leafless Lawyer Rubus squarrosus

Observer

grahame

Date

February 9, 2017

Description

Planted in the Mariehau Rd dunes.

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What

Garden Snail Cornu aspersum

Observer

grahame

Date

February 18, 2017

Description

A pair of mating Garden Snails on the track at Travis.

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What

Magpie Moth Nyctemera annulata

Observer

denise-nz

Date

February 11, 2017 11:41 AM NZDT

jon_sullivan Project curator ID

Nyctemera annulata

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What

European Tube Wasp Ancistrocerus gazella

Observer

grahame

Date

February 6, 2017

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What

Alfalfa Medicago sativa

Observer

grahame

Date

February 6, 2017

Description

No doubt bird introduced.
3 plants in the general area.
Growing in a dry area of old dunes.

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What

Black-backed Gull Larus dominicanus ssp. dominicanus

Observer

grahame

Date

February 6, 2017

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What

Black-headed Jumping Spider Trite planiceps

Observer

grahame

Date

February 6, 2017

Description

Male
Probably the biggest Black-headed I've seen.
It had an impressive set of palps.

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What

Beggars' ticks Bidens frondosa

Observer

meurkc

Date

February 1, 2017

Description

edge of water

meurkc Project curator ID

Bidens frondosa
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