During a recent survey of the Anglesea rifle range, Christine and Peter Forster, when approaching a large and healthy mistletoe, noticed several unusual web structures and discovered some interesting nests of gregarious caterpillar larvae just starting to change and pupate on their silk-lined communal webs.
September is here at last, after what seems to have been endless cold, wet weather. There will be so many flowers to enjoy that I will just try to highlight a representative few from some different types of plants.
Climate change and population growth are challenging the health of our waterways and our water security and it is timely to consider our water future.
Last month we planned to spend the day at Serendip Sanctuary in Lara, but rain and hail before we left caused us to change to a half-day walk at Gherang Gherang Bushland Reserve instead.
Freesia refracta and Freesia alba X F. leichtlinii are declared weeds in the Surf Coast Shire because they spread easily and threaten to invade bushland. Freesias are perennial herbs that die back in summer and produce new foliage in winter. The highly fragrant trumpet-shaped flowers appearing in spring are white to cream and pink with yellow markings, shaded purple on outer surface. Each plant has at least two corms, one below the other, thus requiring deep digging to remove them.
More details about how to control this weed can be found in the archive of Weeds of the Month.
There are a number of wonderful local Friends Groups that provide ANGAIR members and the community with opportunities for involvement.