"Thula is the journal of the Australian Invertebrate Forum (AIF) which was established by Greg Bylund to advance invertebrate research, conservation, captive breeding and husbandry among invertebrate enthusiasts.”
Guess who got word yesterday that she is the new Editor of this bi-annual journal?
Me! Let’s all give a cheer for the nerdery!
I have two Pandanus Tectorius plants in the post for my new Peperrmint Stick Insect (Megacrania Batesii) 3rd instar female who is being sent off to me on the 13th March. The Batesii hasn’t been available due to low numbers for many years, so I am positively tickled to be getting one that can lay fertile ootheca (eggs) and be returned to nature. I also have a long list of buyers who are very, very interested and can be trusted to ensure that this species will live fruitfully throughout Australia. Well, excluding Western Australia and Tasmania, according to law.
I had several juveniles when I was 16, acquired by a co-worker’s partner who was a curator at Queensland Museum. They sat in my office and I left them there when I moved on for work. They let off a wonderful defence scent similar to Peppermint, it’s really quite non-sensical.
Pic: Megacrania Batesii from Cologne Zoo, Germany.