Bug Jokes…Get into the festive spirit

Something a bit different….Share these jokes with your family and friends at christmas time and be the hit of the day.

  • Two flies are on the porch. Which one is an actor?
    (The one on the screen!)
  • What is the biggest ant in the world?
    (An eleph-ant!)
  • Why was the baby ant confused?
    (Because all of his uncles were ants!)
  • What do you get when you cross a sheep and a honey bee?
    (Bah-humbug!)
  • How do bees get to school?
    (By school buzz!)
  • Why do bees have sticky hair?
    (Because they have honeycombs!)
  • What do you get when you cross a walrus with a bee?
    (A wallaby!)
  • Why did the bee go to the doctor?
    (Because she had hives!)
  • What do you get if you cross a centipede and a parrot?
    (A walkie-talkie!)
  • How do fleas travel from place to place?
    (By itch-hiking!)
  • What are caterpillars afraid of?
    (Doger-pillars!)
  • What is an insect’s favorite sport?
    (Cricket!)
  • Why did the kid throw the butter out the window?
    (To see the butter fly!)
  • Why didn’t the butterfly go to the dance?
    (Because it was a moth ball!)
  • Two silk worms were in a race. Who won?
    (It was a tie!)
  • What do you get if you cross a tarantula and a rose?
    (I’m not sure, but I wouldn’t try smelling it!)
  • Why are spiders good swimmers?
    (They have webbed feet!)
  • What did the spider say when he broke his new web?
    (Darn it!)
  • Why are frogs so happy?
    (Because they eat what bugs them!)
  • What did one frog say to the other?
    (Time’s sure fun when you’re having flies!)
  • Why was the mother firefly unhappy?
    (Because her children weren’t that bright!)

Source: http://www.enchantedlearning.com  2015 – /jokes/animals/bugs

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Weekly Lethal Pest Profile: Ants

Coastal Brown Ant

Pheidole megacephala

The Coastal Brown Ant, sometimes also called the Big-headed Ant, is an introduced species that is common in urban and agricultural areas. It is the common small brown ant in Brisbane backyards. It occurs throughout the eastern seaboard and at Darwin, Perth and some inland towns.

It usually nests in the ground with nest entrances in the open or under rocks and logs or between pavers. Piles of loose soil are thrown up around nest entrances. It can also nest indoors, in crevices in brickwork, wall cavities, behind skirtings and architraves.

This species does not sting. It can be a nuisance pest in the garden and may enter houses to forage. It has a varied diet but prefers food of animal origin (protein and fats) to sweet foods. However, workers will tend sap-sucking insects for honeydew.

This ant is normally associated with human disturbance but has invaded native bushland in some areas. For example, it has infested monsoonal rainforest patches in the Northern Territory and some coral cays in the Great Barrier Reef. When this occurs the ant can build up to enormous populations and displace native ant species and affect other invertebrates.

Identification

This light brown species is dimorphic, with small minor workers (length 1.5-3.0) and larger major workers (length 3.5-4.5 mm) with massive darker heads. There are many native species of Pheidole that closely resemble the Coastal Brown Ant and require specialist identification to tell apart.

 

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Loose soil thrown up around the nest entrances of the Coastal Brown Ant.

 

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Coastal Brown Ants are dimorphic with small minor workers and large major workers which have massive heads.

 

Source: Queensland Museum website 2015, http://www.qm.qld.gov.au/

The Australian Bull Ant

There are about 90 species of these bull ants here in Australia and they are as feared in the ant world as they are by humans. Get this; Queen bull ants have been known to walk straight into the nest of another species of ants, kill their Queen ant and take over the colony.

It doesn’t matter how big you are either, they will attack if they need to.

Get too close to one of these ant colonies and they will be streaming out of their nest and literary chasing you. If this happens to you, don’t be embarrassed, just….

Run away!!

They are very aggressive and have extremely painful venomous stings.

Their sizes range from around 8 mm to 40 mm, the one I saw was at least 20 to 25 mm and bordering on the biggest ant I have ever seen.

Whatever you choose to call them, bull ants, bulldog ants, jumper ants, sergeant ants, inch ants or even Mymecia if you want to get all scientific, it matters not; they are big ants and not to be messed with.

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A close up of the Bull Ant

Source: Bob In Oz Website 2015, http://www.bobinoz.com/

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WEEKLY LETHAL WEED PROFILE: ENVIRONMENTAL WEEDS

What is an environmental weed?

Environmental weeds are introduced plants that have naturalised and invaded our bushland, beaches and waterways, threatening our natural environment.

Many environmental weeds were originally introduced and grown as ornamental garden plants. Most environmental weeds are not native to Australia, but some native plants have also become environmental weeds after spreading outside their natural range.

Weeds are usually very hardy plants. They may grow very quickly, reproduce in large amounts and are often tolerant to a wide range of conditions. It is these qualities that make weeds so successful and also make them difficult to control. Weeds commonly thrive where there has been a disturbance to the natural system such as changes in light, nutrients, soil or hydrology. The spread of weeds can be due to animals, wind, water and human activities.

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Coastal Morning Glory

Ground weeds

  • Broad Leaf Pepper Tree
  • Camphor Laurel
  • Castor Oil
  • Cats Claw Creeper
  • Coastal Morning Glory
  • Easter Cassia
  • Ground Asparagus
  • Giant Devil’s Fig
  • Lantana
  • Madeira Vine
  • Ochna/Mickey Mouse Bush
  • Singapore Daisy

Water weeds

  • Alligator Weed
  • Cabomba
  • Salvinia

 

Source: City Of Gold Coast Website, 2015

 

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