Beetle-persons in Australia: (Click on any photo for enlargement)
|It is labelled (in four languages) in such a fashion as to suggest that shoe-polishing is involved. There is a tiny "Schuhkreme" dispenser.||Having turned the machine on, we note that the brushes are moving rather too rapidly for comfort. I am waiting for Kira to get sucked into the device and ejected as a fine spray of messy but well-polished entomologist bits.||IT WORKS. Shoe polishing has ensued. Man, just LOOK at them glitterin' shoes! Schuhkreme!||After ICE, I teamed up with the remarkable Mike Ivie and headed out to Lamington Nat'l Park, specifially the Binna Burra portion of it. I was sadly disappointed at the near-total lack of actual lamingtons.|
|We just stumbled across this colony of gigantic passalids ("bess-beetles") inside a fallen log. It took hardly any crowbar-ing to liberate them.||We also (inadvertently) liberated an ENORMOUS SPARASSID. Dude, look at those pedipalps.||Aforementioned spider with a dime. For scale. He seems pretty happy with it. Spiders probably don't get a lot of cash handouts these days.||The small resort/campin' outpost of Binna Burra is infested with these huge, freakish birds called "bush scrub turkeys", which is how I'm going to address the next jerk who makes some crack about the size of my beetles.|
...many thanks to Caroline for putting up with all of this nonsense. Good show!
Last updated: 9/5/04