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Selwyn Times: March 14, 2017

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22 Tuesday March 14 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi SELWYN TIMES ellesmere speedway SunDAY 19 TH MARCH 1/4 Midget TQ Midget Adult Mini Stock Production Six Shooter Six Cylinder Sprint CTRA SOUTH ISLAND TQ TITLE & CTRA NZ title 1/4 MidgetS gates open at 12pm for a 1pm start supporting classes: Six Cylinder sprint/shooter moto x | midgets | production saloon sidecars | adult mini stock www.ellesmerespeedway.co.nz Under 15yrs free $15 per adult gold card holders $10

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Tuesday March 14 2017 23 Backyard critters Mosquitos want to suck your blood Mike Bowie is an ecologist who specialises in entomology (insects and other invertebrates). Each week he introduces a new species found in his backyard at Lincoln. His column aims to raise public awareness of biodiversity, the variety of living things around us The striped mosquito (aedes notoscriptus) is an unwelcome visitor to the backyard and is one of more than 20 species in New Zealand, several of which are native. It was first described in Sydney in 1889 and first collected in Auckland in 1916 and later in Nelson in 1930. The striped mosquito has a South Pacific distribution, including Australia, New Caledonia, New Guinea and Indonesia. It is likely that the ‘wrigglers’ or mosquito larvae arrived in New Zealand in open containers of water on boats, given they are known to breed in rock pools, ponds, discarded tyres or containers, gutters and even in water collected by plant leaves. This adult mozzie is easily identified by its striped thorax and legs. The mosquito lays its eggs at the waterline where it can tolerate desiccation for several months, but in ideal conditions, egg to adult takes about two weeks, depending on temperature. The adults are silent fliers, biting humans or animals from dawn to dusk. The females need a blood meal for the production of eggs, which can number up to 200 for some species. The striped mosquito’s bite often causes localised swelling and itchiness. In Australia, it can carry serious diseases, such as dog heartworm or Ross River virus. Fortunately, New Zealand remains free of mosquito-borne animal diseases, but a warmer climate in future will increase the chances of this occurring. Finally, there are 24 days until Lincoln’s free Bioblitz event. BLOOD SUCKER: As well as New Zealand, the striped mosquito is also found in Australia, New Caledonia, New Guinea and Indonesia. It is likely that ‘wrigglers’ or striped mosquito larvae (inset) arrived in New Zealand in open containers of water on boats.​ •For details, checkout https://lincolnbioblitz. eventbrite.co.nz •Specimens collected by Mike Bowie will be logged online at http://naturewatch. org.nz. This is a place where you can share what you see in nature, set up a citizen-science monitoring project and learn about our natural history. It allows you to load photos of your specimen and you can ask for identification by experts. FLooring SHOWROOM 3/954 FeRRy ROad | CHRiStCHuRCH | tel 03 943 2001 | WWW.gReenFlOORing.CO.nz IMPRESSIVE Wet Area Warrantied Laminate Flooring Our price just $81m 2 Including GST & Underlay Trading hours: Tuesday to Thursday 8:30am to 5:30pm, Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm, Saturday 9:30am to 1:00pm, Sunday & Monday closed. BAttLE OF thE StOcKS 32 entries from all over new zealand FRI 17th & SAt 18th MARch - 7pM StARt FAMILY pASS: (2 ADULtS & 4 chILDREn 14YRS & UnDER) $40 ADULtS $20 | SEnIORS $10 | chILDREn $5 | UnDER 5YRS FREE thE pLAcE tO BE thIS SUMMER! DOUBLEDAYS ROAD KAIApOI | InFOLInE 03 364 8833 | www.wOODFORDgLEn.cO.nz