Posts Tagged ‘phricta’
When I gaze long into the desktop of my computer, this image gazes also into me. It is none other than the spectacularly cryptic Tettigonioid, Phricta spinosa. Also known as the spiny-legged rainforest katydid or wait-a-while cricket, its nocturnal status dramaticus blends into the character of a rainforest tree-trunk with a sublime diurnal discretion.
Travellers to the Daintree Rainforest come for a variety of reasons, but the most rigorous research ever undertaken, found that the primary objective was (unsurprisingly) to get into undisturbed rainforest. The second strongest objective was (just as unsurprising) to see some of Australia’s most unique wildlife in natural habitat.
The sophistication of the various strategies for concealment and evasion and their hundreds of millions of years of adaptive refinement are not the only obstructions to revealing the secrets of this ancient rainforest. Indeed, one of the greatest difficulties of late has been entirely software related, with this weblog’s refusal to allow registration.
It would seem that the problem has (hopefully) been resolved and we eagerly await evidence of this resolution through an influx of comments.
In the meantime, the parasitic angiosperm Balanophera fungosa (below), has emerged from its subterranean concealment to flower and its it just a matter of time before a species of spider-mimicking ants carry the pollens throughout the forest on a nocturnal tour de force.