Bugs, Beatles and Butterflies

Have you ever seen ‘The bugs, beetles and butterflies’ exhibition at Melbourne Museum?

We have very recently seen it again, and I loved it. There are thousands of tiny beetles, almost as many butterflies and hundreds of spooky spiders! In addition to those, there are some ants, leaf insects, stick insects, mosquitoes and some other bugs.

There was a super cool ant show, where you go under the ants floor, and pop your head up into a plastic bump and see ants all around you. Ants can be all around your head, above, at the sides….

I was really shocked to find out that there are poisonous butterflies! Luckily, it can only poison birds and small creatures, but not humans or large animals.

Wondering how to get there? Once you get your tickets and face the forest gallery, turn to your left (or towards the huge whale skeleton) and walk forwards till you reach the dinosaur exhibition (which is on the right). Walk straight down, and keep looking to the right. You’ll soon find yourself next to walls of bugs. Feel free to walk around and find the ants, spiders and everything else there is to discover about this amazing exhibition.

I hope you have fun at the exhibition! Here is a sneak peek:

My Koala Research Project

KOALA

Cuddly koalas might look like bears, but they are not. An adult koala can weigh anywhere between four and fifteen kilograms. It is covered in soft fur, lead-coloured on the back, and white on the belly. The ears are short, erect and pointed, with long, white hairs coming out of them. It has no tail, and has a sitting posture. The cute appearance of a koala is not easy to deny for most.

The koala lives only in certain parts of Australia. Eucalyptus forests and woods in Queensland, South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria are where koalas have been found. Koalas do not live in Western Australia, Northern Territory, or any other place on Earth in the wild. The koala has a very interesting and hot home.

Koalas have a very strict diet of Eucalyptus leaves. An adult koala is known to eat between two hundred and five hundred grams of leaves a day! Koalas might look as if they eat from any gum tree, but they are quite fussy, eating and sitting on only 120 species of Eucalyptus, out of the approximately six hundred species. Koalas are quite fussy eaters!

The koala’s fluffy fur is not just cute; the lead and white coloured fur is used for protection, too! The colour combination allows them to blend into and hide in the treetops from predators. No wonder they are often hard to find!

There are many interesting facts about this astounding animal. For one, koalas are NOT bears, although people often call them “koala bears”, which is incorrect. Another fact is that koalas cannot be kept as pets legally! Also, the native Aboriginals call the koala “koala-wombat”. The last fact I will add is that koala droppings, or poo, are often called Eucalyptus drops, as you can smell Eucalyptus in them. The koala really is a fascinating animal!

Chives, chives; Fresh Chives!

Have you ever tasted fresh chives that were picked off the plant just moments before?

 

Well, if you have, didn’t you just fall in love with it?

If you haven’t – YOU JUST HAVE TO TRY SOME!!!!!!

What I like about chives:

 

  • They can be eaten by us humans, which includes YOU!!! Yum! 🙂
  • They taste really nice. They taste sweet to me.
  • You can have your own opinions about them!
  • They look like grass, and they are green like grass, but they can be eaten!

~Mars

 

Penguins

My favourite animal is the penguin. It is my favourite because it eats fish. I eat a can of sardines every Sunday. It is also my favourite animal because black and white look nice together, along with a few shades of orange or yellow. I love the Emperor Penguin the most because the orange and yellow are very nice.

I have an Emperor Penguin plush toy. Her name is Rosie. She sleeps with me every night, and she loves hugs, but not too tight, because she doesn’t like it very tight. She knows if it is by accident or not. If it is by accident, she will make a little penguin sound to let you know. If I hug her too tight, I rock her to sleep so she won’t get mad at me.

Penguin Facts:

  • Penguins are flightless birds. It’s very sad, isn’t it?
  • While other birds have wings for flying, penguins have adapted flippers to help them swim in the water.
  • Most penguins live in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • The Galapagos Penguin is the only penguin species that ventures north of the equator in the wild.
  • Large penguin populations can be found in countries such as New Zealand, Australia, Chile, Argentina and South Africa.
  • No penguins live at the North Pole, so Santa can’t see them 😦
  • Penguins eat a range of fish and other sealife that they catch underwater.
  • Penguins can drink sea water. Unfortunately , we humans can’t.
  • Penguins spend around half their time in water and the other half on land.
  • The Emperor Penguin is the tallest of all penguin species, reaching as tall as 120 cm (47 in) in height. Awesome 🙂
  • Emperor Penguins can stay underwater for around 20 minutes at a time. If we could stay underwater for twenty minutes, not many people would drown!
  • Emperor Penguins often huddle together to keep warm in the cold temperatures of Antarctica. I do the same with my sister sometimes.
  • Little Blue Penguins are the smallest type of penguin, averaging around 33 cm (13 in) in height.
  • Crested penguins have yellow crests, as well as red bills and eyes.
Source: sciencekids.co.nz

 

I’ve collected some images of some of the many penguin species. Thank you for reading my post and I hope to post again soon.

Venus Flytraps

Venus flytraps are something you will want around your house in the summer, even if they are quite fussy.

 

HOW TO LOOK AFTER YOUR VENUS FLYTRAP:

As I said, Venus flytraps are fussy. They need their soil kept moist at all times, do not like sitting in water and only need to eat flies if they aren’t getting much water.

A Venus flytrap will remain shut for 3 to 12 days after eating a fly. If you feed it a dead one, tickle the outside of it to help it shut.

If you don’t want any extra traps, cut all flowers and buds off. Also cut off any dead (or dying) traps. They could take certain nutrients from the rest of the plant.

A Venus Flytrap will shut immediately after catching something. DO NOT PUT FINGERS IN TRAP.

Have a saucer under your Venus Flytrap if the pot has holes in it.

Venus Flytraps need sunlight, but not direct. Water them about once or twice a day, or else when soil is drying.

 

We bought our Venus flytraps in Bunnings, Morrabbin, near the mini cactuses. (Although we’d nearly given up.)

Buy a Venus flytrap. You won’t regret it!

 

How to make a fairy house

Not all of us believe in them, and we belive different things about them.

It’s still fun to make a house for them though!

Here’s how to make a house inside (I mean a fairy house that stays inside):

  1. Choose your container. It can be any size you like. If you don’t have one, that’s OK, choose a nook or cranny.
  2. Find your materials. You could use doll’s house things, or make your own.
  3.  If you do have a container, stick some paper onto it and (if you like), draw some rambling roses all around the door and (probably for the fairy to like it all the more) windows. You could cut out squares, draw them on, design shutters, or make window panes.
  4. For a bed (if you don’t already have one), try napkins, toilet paper, or felt.
  5. If you think the house should be livened up,add pictures, pressed greenery stuck in contact and framed, and wallpaper.
  6. Your fairy could arrive home cold and hungry. Check with a parent before putting things such as birdseed or sugar inside a small container and popping it into the house.
  7. Your house is done!

Here’s how to make one outside:

  1. As this is outside, you should have slightly more choice about where to put your house. It can be in a hole in the ground, a hole in some woodwork, or a house made of stones.
  2. When you’ve found the lodge, make a soft bed with things like grass or sand (but not too much) and add a soft pillow. A dandelion, for example.
  3. It’s always a good idea to add a rug or mat for extra warmth, and keep spiky stones at bay. Cherry blossom petals, grass, sand,daisies, it’s good to keep warm and uninjured.
  4. Where’s the cellar? Get creative. It could be showy, like a little box made of paddle-pop sticks, ora cupped leaf, or even just a hole. Keep the food outside if you want to, it should be kept fresher that way.
  5. Add any extras if you like, such as a stone path, or twigs with leaves on them stuck in the ground like minature trees, or a leaf outside to catch water for the fairies to drink from.
  6. Your home is finished! I’m sure that those minature folk will enjoy it, and thank you in some way for your thoughtfulness.

Rescued Greyhounds

Greyhounds are beautiful, domestic pets. People buy them so they can race them and win money. When the dogs are too old to race, they are put to death just because they cannot run anymore. Probably a bit like being left out of  a party because you forgot your present.

People spend thousands of dollars so they can put ads about how good greyhounds are in the papers.

This is why you should have a rescued greyhound for a pet:

1. They are not territorial (which means you can live the quiet life if you want to and won’t be woken up at 12:30 pm because somebody walked to work early).

2. Greyhounds only eat if they want to (like us), so you don’t need to worry about them getting overfed.

3. They love a cuddle and are comforting to talk to.

4. They will only get sensitive if you do such things as experimenting with their eyes and pulling their tails.

5. They are docile.

We all know that there are the downsides of everything, and, although it doesn’t exactly highlight them, here are some disadvantges of having a couple of these beautiful characters:

1. They do tend to rip up your lawn practicing for another greyhound race of their own instinct.

2. As they are hunting dogs, don’t be surprised if you hear a racket in the yard around 1 in the morning, just assume that they’ve found some prey to prey on, i.e. possums.

3. Because greyhounds don’t need bathrooms, you will find yourself having to clean up their nature every so often.

4. They need to be exercised an average of 30 minutes per day.

Yet they are loveable all the same, and we all have our downsides.

How do I know all this? My family and I house two greyhounds, by the names of Bear and Penny. They are the loveablest pets and family I can imagine.

Holding Frogs

Yesterday we went to Nature Homeschool group. We caught frogs in the wetland and put them in a big green tub half filled with water. We loved playing with them. We would hold them and then they would bounce off our hand.

Two were very big. They had spotty tummies and bumpy backs. I found two little ones, one was riding on the back of the other. We also saw frogspawn and tadpoles.

By Marcia

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Looking for frogs in the wetland
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Frogspawn

Microscope madness

We just got a microscope. It is a Celestron microscope. It is the model #44102

We have looked at things very close (40x, 100x). I put a tiny bug leg on a slide, and it looked scaly and flaky. I have also seen many things including human blood, a bone cell, a fish gill, my own spit, a honey bee mouth and much more!

I love the microscope because it reveals the secrets of tiny worlds! Have a look at the photos I took.