16 Tuesday September 5 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi SELWYN TIMES Backyard Critters Nine species of earwig call New Zealand home 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 NEW ZEALAND has at least nine earwig species – four native species and five cosmopolitan species – all with the characteristic forceps at the rear. The largest (up to 33mm long) of these is the native littoral earwig that is found at the high tide mark under kelp, driftwood or stones. The most common of the species is the European earwig (forficula auricularia), which was first recorded in New Zealand in 1898. This 20mm, flattened, reddishbrown species is commonly encountered in your garden, including in flower heads, woody crevices and stone fruits such as apricots or nectarines. In high densities the species is considered a pest due to the significant damage it can cause to fruit, flowers and vegetable crops. However, this earwig can also be a beneficial biocontrol species of small insect pests including a CONTRASTING CREATURE: While the European earwig can be considered a pest, they can also be seen as beneficial biocontrol species of small insect pests. number of aphid and scale insect species. In late autumn, both male and female earwigs burrow in soil to overwinter. The female lays a clutch of 50-80 eggs that she cares for by cleaning and rotating to avoid fungal growth. Once hatched, females will guard their young for about one month, when they have reached maturity. Work to begin on Southbridge courts SPORTS • By Gordon Findlater THE resurfacing of Southbridge Tennis Club’s four 30-year-old asphalt courts will begin on Thursday after six years of lobbying the district council. The courts, which are owned by the club but open to the public, will be closed from Thursday and are expected to re-open in three weeks. Former club president Phil Carter has been in charge of the effort to get the courts resurfaced and was delighted to get the news from the district council recently that it will make a healthy contribution to the resurfacing of the courts. While Carter could not comment on the district council’s exact contribution, he said the cost of the resurfacing the courts could have crippled the club. They were badly damaged and in need of a resurfacing following the earthquakes. Until now, the club’s expenses have been paid for by members and fundraising. “Now that we’ve got the go ahead we can start focussing on promoting tennis,” said Carter. The club plans to host an opening day once the work is complete, which will double as a chance for potential new members to come and enjoy a sausage sizzle. It currently has just under 50 members and hosts mid-week members’ nights and coaching, COURT REPAIR: Southbridge Tennis Club life member John Christey shows off the cracks and moss on the courts, which will get a much needed resurfacing with help from the district Council. as well as Saturday inter-club competitions. Last summer, Southbridge won the Ellesmere division two title. The club has been in existence since 1882. FLOORING SALE NOW ON SHOWROOM 3/954 FeRRy ROad | CHRISTCHURCH | Tel. 03 943 2001 | WWW .gReenFlOORIng.CO .nz QUICKSTEP – LOC – ELKA – PERGO – TORLYS LET US HELP YOU SAVE $$$ ON FLOORING • TIMBER • TILE • CORK • LAMINATE • LEATHER laRge SeleCTIOn FRee MeaSURe & QUOTe TRAdInG hOURS: Tuesday to Thursday 8:30am to 5:30pm, Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm, Saturday 10:00am to 1:00pm, Sunday & Monday closed.
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