Ruth Spigelman

Ruth Spigelman

An amateur but passionate naturalist with a life long curiosity for the natural world, sciences and the arts in all forms. Over the years, my interest has grown in entomology and arachnology, venom and native flora of Australia.
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    1. Comment on Huntsman signals spring one month ago
      Sorry, neglected to mention. I estimate a body length of around 2 cm. Not sure if fully grown yet. Males are always smaller than the females.
    2. Comment on Common Sunshine cone bush one month ago
      How very pretty. The Proteas and Leucadendrons are unique and intriguing and I'm glad they grow well here in Australia thanks to the similar climate/environment to SA.
    3. Comment on Black Currawong one month ago
      Super shot highlighting this unique profile. It seems to me these have a far heavier bill than their pied relatives here in NSW.
    4. Comment on Pink mulla - Ptilotus exaltatus one month ago
      Spectacular little shrub.
    5. Comment on Kookaburra companion one month ago
      I love the First Nation's legend about these birds.
    6. Comment on Kookaburra companion one month ago
      I've just opened my bedroom blinds this Wednesday morning the day after posting this, to see this little character looking back at me, sitting on the balcony railing. "Are you going to be doing any digging today by chance?". I actually call them guuguubarra, which is the First Nation's Wiradjuri language name for this bird and it is easy to see the relation to the more common name/spelling it morphed in to.
    7. Comment on Australian giant Valanga grasshopper 2 months ago
      Many thanks. What an impressive size these Australian grasshoppers are.
    8. I'd imagine not too many JD members make it out this far in to the Pacific. But it's not a separate country Ferdy - an Australian territory, one of our islands.
    9. Comment on Banksia ericifolia 5 months ago
      Glad you enjoyed, thank you Ferdy.
    10. Comment on Banksia ericifolia 5 months ago
      Quite a different effect than looking at the inflorescence from a lateral perspective. And a whole range of different colours too.