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
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.