A print resolution map of the Geology of the Flinders Ranges, including geological notes, drives and walking trails, can be downloaded here.
Iridomyrmex ants farming herds of aphids (and their white nymphs) in Spring in Beltana. The aphids feed on the sap, in this case of an Eremophila biserrata, and excrete sugary ‘honeydew’ which is farmed by agricultural ants in exchange for protection.
The edible Salty Ice Plant, Mesembryanthemum crystallinum, flowering in Beltana in Spring.
Asphodelus fistulosus, Onion Weed, seen throughout the Flinders Ranges, dies back into vivid orange in Spring.
Devil’s Claw (Ibicella Lutea) seedpod seen in Warioota Creek, Northern Flinders Ranges.
A thriving Senecio magnificus, also known as Showy Groundsel or Perennial Yellow-top, extending into the branches of an Acacia Victoriae.
Fruiting Three-spined Poverty Bush, Scleroleana tricupis, thriving in the salty damp banks of Copley Retention Dam.Continue reading “Three-spined Poverty Bush”
Chequered Swallowtail butterfly, Papilio demolius, sighted in Copley, Northern Flinders Ranges around the spring equinox.
More on the Chequered Swallowtail can be found at SA Butterflies and Moths.
The Red Horned Poppy (Glaucium corniculatum) is a weed species appearing in the Flinders Ranges.
Also known as ‘hole-punch clouds’, fallstreak cloud formations occur when part of a cloud of water droplets freezes into ice crystals which grow large enough to fall below as a fallstreak. Read more about fallstreak and other clouds at the Cloud Appreciation Society.