Western Victoria Day 3

20 March 2011

I spent the morning exploring Jilpinger Nature Conservation Reserve — lots of nice orchid habitat and some swamps I have to check out in late spring for dragonflies. Trying to get out (a different way than I got in) I got bogged in sand for about 20 minutes. It was around a corner and up an incline and the sand was deep and dry and I failed to get around in two attempts so it was time to try another route.

While at a swamp near Edenhope in the afternoon I saw lots of common odonata, including Ischnura aurora. They were an integral part of the food chain as I observed one cannibalising a newly emerged one and another being caught in flight and predated on by Ischnura heterosticta.

Since they formed a memorable part of my trip I also photographed a locust. I drove through several swarms and ended up killing quite a few that I subsequently had to extract from my grill.

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