Winter in Brisbane is a wonderful time. Warm and sunny then occasionally we have a cold day like yesterday, 13° centigrade at 10am.

Laughing Kookaburra Dacelo novaeguineae

Even the Kookaburras thought it was cold yesterday. This one looked so cute perched on our fence and all fluffed up against the cold. Click on the photo to see it full size.

Early Black Wattle Acacia leiocalyx

Winter also means displays of yellow Wattle flower like the Early Black Wattle Acacia leiocalyx with its distinctive long cynctrical flowers. My sister calls this Lamb Tail Wattle because of the flower shape.

Red coloured triangular stem

Leiocalyx can be identified by the red colour and distinct triangular shape of the stems.

Leiocalyz is also a caterpillar food plant for a number of different butterflies:

Wattle Notodontid Moth Neola semiaurata

Imperial Hairstreak, Small Purple and Short-tailed Line Blue as well as caterpillars of Granny’s Cloak Moth and  Wattle Notodontid Moth.

Planting Day – Sunday 31 October – 8am to 12noon

Please join us in the next stage of restoration – Zone 14 Stage 2 replanting.

Habitat created by our restoration work is already home to Noisy Minors and Imperial Hairstreak butterflies. Clearing weeds is also bringing Koalas back to the gully.

On Sunday 31, over 400 grasses, vines and trees indigenous to Mt Gravatt Reserve, will be planted in the second stage of Zone 14 restoration: near the water reservoir at the top of Azania Street.

Even if you only have half an hour come and put in your plant.

Noisy Minor Nest – Zone 7: Sept 2010

Where – access site via:

46 O’Grady Street, Upper Mt Gravatt

Wear protective footwear and sun protection. Morning tea, plants and equipment provided.

Information:      Mike Fox – 0408 769 404

The first of my regular bushcare articles this month’s Southside Community News explores the unlikely relationship between the beautiful Imperial Hairstreak Jalmenus evagoras and native Small Meat Ants. Click on article to enlarge.

Two strong populations of Hairstreaks are tangible evidence of effectiveness of our bushcare work. Walking through our plantings and finding clusters of these beautiful butterflies in areas we have planted is a real thrill.  Watch the of video – Imperial Hairstreaks.

It was also pleasing to read Councillor Krista Adams’s interest and support for sustainable tourism in our unique reserve.

Want to meet some of our amazing wildlife upclose?

Come any Wednesday afternoon (2pm to 5pm) to our Fox Gully bushcare group. For information email foxcoaching@optusnet.com.au

Mike