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Selwyn Times: August 01, 2017

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22 Tuesday August 1 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi ROLLESTON LAW Sound, workable legal advice and solutions Rolleston Office: 78A Rolleston Drive, Rolleston Square Darfield Office: Darfield Business Hub, 68 South Terrace SELWYN TIMES Backyard Critters NZ is host to two species of wasps RICHARD GRAY W: www.meareswilliams.co.nz T: (03) 374 2547 M: 021 148 6221 E: rcg@meareswilliams.co.nz E: am@meareswilliams.co.nz ANITA MOLLOY-ROBERTS Tim WraighT and Ché VinCenT - Changing STorieS - Both Tim Wraight and Ché Vincent live in the Motueka region in the top of the South Island, an area of diverse landscapes and environments from which to draw inspiration for their work. Tim’s carved wooden work for ‘Changing Stories’ exhibition explores the traditions associated with the reverence given to relics and remains, using the cultural practices of making intricate containers that different cultures fashion to hold these precious objects, Maori wakahuia (treasure boxes) and wakatupapaku (bone boxes) and European reliquaries which held the bones of saints, are the starting point for these pieces. Found remains of creatures and objects from the natural environment in his home area. Tim has constructed stories around fictional and whimsical; taking an object and giving it a new narrative and honouring its previous existence. Ché’s work for this exhibition is formed by his passion for botany and natural processes; exploring the patterns created by plant forms by the way water changes and repeats a flow pattern by decay and renewal. He uses recycled copper panels through a process of serendipitous experimentation. Ché has developed a fluid and intuitive approach and has developed methods of melting, beating, bending, and fusing copper into organic forms. Copper is a lovely metal to work with; malleable and enduring with a beautiful cast of warm colours. Main Rd, Little River | 03 325 1944 | art@littlerivergallery.com ‘Edges’ by Ché Vincent from the exhibition ‘Changing Stories’ at Little River Gallery from August 5th ‘Kid Who Dreamed of Leaping Through The Stars’ by Tim Wraight from the exhibition ‘Changing Stories ’ at Little River Gallery from August 5th Tim Wraight | Ché Vincent Changing Stories 5 – 30 AUGUST 2017 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 VESPULA WASPS are probably one of the most hated species around the house, on a picnic, or walking through a beech forest. There are two species of Vespula wasps in New Zealand, the German wasp (Vespula germanica) and the common wasp (Vespula vulgaris), which arrived in New Zealand in 1945 and 1978 respectively. At this time of the year it’s not uncommon to discover a Vespula queen wasp overwintering in the wood heap in a hibernating state. Their striped black and yellow appearance is unmistakable and is a warning that can be backed up STING: The Vespula wasps’ black and yellow appearance is unmistakable and a warning that can be backed up by a painful sting. ​ by a painful sting. The two species can be distinguished by markings on the head – the common wasp has a black anchor shape on its face, which is absent on the German wasp. They nest in the ground, in trees or in buildings and could contain between 5000 to 10,000 wasps. New Zealand beech forests in the Nelson area have the highest recorded densities of the wasps in the world, with an average of 12 nests per hectare. The highest number of nests is 60 per hectare, which equates to 30 nests on a rugby field. The biomass of wasps in a beech forest (3.8kg/ha) is more than all the native birds. Beech forests support large densities of these exotic wasps because the trees are host to a native scale insect that produces large amounts of sugary honeydew that the wasps harvest to the detriment of our native birds and insects. The wasps also prey on insects and chicks in nests. BLACK AND YELLOW: Vespula wasps nest in the ground, in trees or in buildings and could contain between 5,000 to 10,000 wasps. Specialists @ Individuality • Focus on sustainability • Award winning family owned business • Proven reputation of quality • Full architectural design package NATIONAL “HOY” WINNER plus GOLD RESERVE 2016 View our display home Phone Jesse 021 701 265 or visit www.jdhomes.co.nz Canterbury

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