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What was the first name for grasswrens?

What was the first name for grasswrens?

In Pitjantjatjara country we know that the local name for Rhipidura leucophrys is tjintir-tjintirpa. Even if you’re unfamiliar with the scientific name, if you’re musically inclined and have an ear for Australian bird songs, you might recognise tjintir-tjintirpa as an onomatopoeic rendition of the ratcheting call of the Willie Wagtail.

Bug of the week – Golden Drummer Cicada (Thopha colorata)

Bug of the week – Golden Drummer Cicada (Thopha colorata)

The males call loudly - very loudly. If you visit a waterhole with many River Red Gums the noise can be almost unbearable. The adults live for about 2 weeks. The males can be distinguished from the female by their distinctive vocal sacs on either side of their abdomen.

Snail of the Week – the Jessie Gap Hairy Snail

Snail of the Week – the Jessie Gap Hairy Snail

Fires trash these mini-plant communities - bushfires are the main threat to snails here - it directly cooks the animals and destroys their food. In the long run I'd like get around to trying to identify some of the main crust plants they eat but that might be impossible. I'm told there hasn't been a lichenologist through central Australia in living memory so I suspect few species here are named.

Report from Gafsa, Tunisia – 25 December 2009

Report from Gafsa, Tunisia – 25 December 2009

"Unveiling Tunisia" on the hijab: 'I have noticed quite the opposite and in fact notice that many women wear hijab, especially the younger women, and at the same time mostly wear western dress, that is very tight jeans and sometimes figure hugging, revealing clothes, so perhaps the hijab is part of a modern and trendy fashion statement. When a Tunisian woman wears a veil, it is always with style.'