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Category: Science

DigiVol: Digitising molluscs

This year, DigiVol has been digitising the Malacology Collection which is one of the largest Collections in the Australian Museum. Read Dr Mandy Reid's account of her experience with the project.

By: Leonie Prater, Category: Science, Date: 07 Sep 2012

The Act Of Butterfly Collecting (Timor-Leste Expedition)

Catching butterflies hasn't changed much in a hundred years: you still need a good net, keen eyes and quick reflexes. Entomologist Dr Dave Britton describes one of the amazing catches he made during the Museum's terrestrial expedition to Timor-Leste.

By: Dr David Britton, Michael Hugill, Category: Science, Date: 05 Sep 2012

Death's-Head Hawkmoth (Timor-Leste Expedition)

Somewhat notorious due to their sinister appearance, it's a mystery why death's-head hawkmoths do not occur in Australia. Entomologist Dr Dave Britton discusses the specimens he found during the Museum's terrestrial expedition to Timor-Leste.

By: Dr David Britton, Michael Hugill, Category: Science, Date: 05 Sep 2012

Collecting In The Clouds (Timor-Leste Expedition)

Mountains are always exciting places for zoologists. Entomologist Dr Chris Reid revisits his climb up Mt Tatamailau during the Museum's terrestrial expedition to Timor-Leste.

By: Dr Chris Reid, Michael Hugill, Category: Science, Date: 05 Sep 2012

On And Off The Roads (Timor-Leste Expedition)

While the road conditions in Timor-Leste might be something to try and forget, the friendliness of the people lingers long in the mind. Entomologist Jean Weiner recalls some of the contrasts he noticed during the Museum's terrestrial expedition.

By: Jean Weiner, Michael Hugill, Category: Science, Date: 05 Sep 2012

Exploring The Almost Unknown: Land Snail Fauna (Timor-Leste Expedition)

The humble land snail can be an important environmental indicator. Malacologist Dr Frank Kohler reports on the first ever land snail survey in Timor-Leste, conducted during the Museum's terrestrial expedition.

By: Dr Frank Köhler, Michael Hugill, Category: Science, Date: 05 Sep 2012

The People We Met (Timor-Leste Expedition)

Working with local guides, our scientists were also helped by passers-by, especially curious kids. Entomologist Jacquie Rescei recalls some of her encounters with the people of Timor-Leste during the Museum's terrestrial expedition.

By: Jacquie Recsei, Michael Hugill, Category: Science, Date: 05 Sep 2012

Our First Morning (Timor-Leste Expedition)

Boats in the bay, wrecks in the water and paperwork to process. Entomologist Jacquie Rescei recounts the very beginning of the Museum's terrestrial expedition to Timor-Leste.

By: Jacquie Recsei, Michael Hugill, Category: Science, Date: 05 Sep 2012

This week in Fish: Ornate Eagle Ray

Until this week I had never heard of Aetomylaeus vespertilio.  It's such an impressive fish I'm not likely to forget it.  As always, thank you to everyone who contributed their images and movies.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 24 Aug 2012

A Grasshopper Leaps Out From the Pages of History

When Technical Officer Jacquie Resci asked Research Associate Jean Weiner to relocate the foreign grasshoppers inside the Museum's Entomology Collection, she didn't expect him to find an unusual specimen with a very unusual history. Jacquie explains...

By: Michael Hugill, Category: Science, Date: 22 Aug 2012