GST 1 … Phasmid nil!

by Frances Cincotta

This morning Bonnie saw something drop to the ground in my native garden. A Grey Shrike-thrush young-un was then searching on the ground. It was tackling a Phasmid or Leaf Insect. Quite a big breakfast for the young bird! I’ve noticed this same thing happening between GST and Phasmid in my garden twice before – both in the first week of February of 2 different years. Could it be that the Leaf Insects have gone into flight mode of their life-cycle earlier this year? We can’t really draw a conclusion based on only 3 sightings, but certainly lots of native seed is ripe about 4 weeks earlier than usual.

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Grey Shrike-thrush with Phasmid, 12 Dec 2014 by Bonnie Humphreys.

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Phasmid (Podocanthis species) or Leaf Insect found at Newstead Natives nursery February 2006 photographed by Frances Cincotta

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Grey Shrike-thrush with Phasmid, 12 Dec 2014 by Bonnie Humphreys

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Adult Grey Shrike-thrush at Frankie’s bird bath 12 Dec 2014 by Bonnie Humphreys.

2 responses to “GST 1 … Phasmid nil!

  1. Fantastic shots!

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