Natural History Photographs




The Tropical Ecology Reserach Facility is situated in Middle Point - although there is little to find except the Facility! Middle Point is located slightly eastward of the Adelaide river. Most of the land is very flat, and during the wet season large areas become flooded. This creates swampy areas, where many snakes, turtles and frogs abound. The flood plains are also home to crocodiles; however, their presence is rather enigmatic. Being hunted down to almost extinction, these prehistoric animals are just recovering, and still rather eager not to be seen.

Between the flood plains you'll find a rather open woodland, with a.o. Eucalyptus sp., Cycas sp., Pandanus spiralis, and a variety of other shrubs as well as herbaceous vegetation. The trees are rather small, and leaf cover is often scant enough to permit sun shine reaching the forest floor.



Roads through areas that become flooded likewise become flooded. The infrastructure is well adapted to this flooding, but for people from Holland it is a rather unnerving experience just to drive into a river...



Wildlife of the Flood plain
Azolla spec.
Nederlands:Kroosvaren
Nelumbo nucifera
Synonyms:Nelumbium nelumbo, Nelumbium nuciferum, Nelumbium speciosum, Nelumbo caspica,
Nelumbo speciosa, Nymphaea nelumbo
Italiano:fior di loto, fior di loto asiatico, loto d'Egitto, loto indiano
Español:flor de loto, loto, loto asiático, loto indiano, loto indio, loto sagrado,
lotus de la India, nelumbo



Butterflies
  
English:blues
Zizeeria karsandra
English:Dark Grass Blue
Danaus chrysippus
Nederlands:kleine monarchvlinder
English:Plain Tiger
Français:Petit MonarqueLCNA
Español:mariposa tigre



Flies
Asilidae
Nederlands:Roofvliegen
English:Robber flies, Assassin flies
Deutsch:Raubfliegen, Jagdfliegen

Tephritidae
Nederlands:Boorvliegen
Deutsch:Fruchtfliegen, Bohrfliegen
Tabanidae
Nederlands:Dazen
English:Horse-flies, horseflies
Deutsch:Bremsen



Miscellaneous insects & Spiders
Coenagrionidae
Nederlands:Waterjuffers
Deutsch:Schlanklibellen
Coreidae: Mictis profana
Larval stage Adult



Various vertebrates