LET’S TALK ABOUT ANTS
Dr Brian Heterick is the guest speaker at the Thursday April 11 meeting of the Busselton Naturalists Club.
A researcher at the WA Museum and Curtin University, Brian will talk about the surprising diversity of Western Australia’s ant fauna and some of the unusual and unexpected aspects of this common and abundant group of invertebrates.
For example, bullants – one of the largest ants in WA and equipped with powerful jaws and a painful sting – are members of the same genus of ants which, in Tasmania, causes one or two deaths each year in humans as a result of anaphylactic shock.
Brian is the author of a 200 page Record of the WA Museum which describes the more than 500 species of ants found in the south west and his presentation – Let’s Talk About Ants – will cover many interesting and unusual aspects of our ant fauna.
There won’t be a question about ants that Brian won’t be able to answer!
In an unexpected coincidence, Naturalists Club president Bernie Masters was a student at a Catholic school in Perth in the 1960s where one of the teachers – Father Colin Mercovich – took students on trips into the Perth hills to collect ants.
The Mercovich collection is one of three private collections now housed in the WA Museum which have formed the basis for the Museum’s extensive research into our ant diversity.
The meeting starts at 7.30pm at the Senior Citizens Centre, 22 Peel Terrace, Busselton.
The meeting is open to the public and is free of charge, although a gold coin donation to cover advertising costs will be welcome.