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Typical Crane Flies Superfamily Tipuloidea

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paul_ward

Date

February 6, 2016

Description

We were exploring in a small stream in Polhill Reserve to see if any bush dragonflies had emerged (they were reported to have been present historically). The small stream (a foot or two wide) was pretty dry, but had a trickle of running water through the mud. We found this larvae (?). It was about an inch and a half long, and had what looked like a single antennae (?) poking out of one end (that extended about the same length as the body). It was actively wriggling. What is this?

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Ichneumonid Wasps Family Ichneumonidae

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paul_ward

Date

January 27, 2016 07:40 PM NZDT

Description

What is this insect? I'm pretty sure I've seen casts of it's shell about. The wings are quite silvery. Photographed inside a house at te horo beach 26 Jan

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Airplants Genus Tillandsia

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paul_ward

Date

December 30, 2015 08:12 PM NZDT

Description

Small plant with short spiky grey silvery green leaves 6-10cm, with iris-like flowers. It's growing in a piece of driftwood, hung on the outside east side of the house. The house is near the beach. Is it a native? Or? It possibly came from Alistair Turnbull's Otaki native nursery, but can't be sure of this.

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Airplants Genus Tillandsia

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paul_ward

Date

December 30, 2015 08:12 PM NZDT

Description

Small plant with short spiky grey silvery green leaves 6-10cm, with iris-like flowers. It's growing in a piece of driftwood, hung on the outside east side of the house. The house is near the beach. Is it a native? Or? It possibly came from Alistair Turnbull's Otaki native nursery, but can't be sure of this.

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Blackbird Turdus merula

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paul_ward

Date

October 2, 2015 07:17 PM +13

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North Island Saddleback Philesturnus rufusater

Observer

paul_ward

Date

December 22, 2013

Description

A single unbanded tieke, seen around a metre or so in front of me while checking traps in Polhill Reserve, adjacent to Zealandia Sanctuary. It let me know it'd clocked my presence with it's jackal-like alert call and was happy to forage in the kotukutuku and mahoe canopy above me for 10min or so.

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Tui Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae ssp. novaeseelandiae

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paul_ward

Date

September 22, 2013 03:26 PM NZST

Description

A pair of Tui chasing each other through the trees in spring flower

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