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SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Wednesday April 4 2018 17 Backyard Critters Maureen Flattery-Donohoe responds to the SelwynTimes’ article on how traffic lights could be installed at the Ellesmere Junction Rd roundabout in Lincoln Local News Now Fire rages, homes at risk DAMAGING: Tasmanian grass grub beetles are often attracted to lights. Light-loving grass grub a pest 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 AT DUSK, on still, warm nights between January and mid-March, Tasmanian grass grub beetles are often attracted to lights. Scientifically known as Aphodius tasmaniae, it is a major pest of southeast Australia and in Canterbury and Hawkes Bay where soils are drier, lighter and alluvial. First discovered in Canterbury in 1920, the dark brown to blackcoloured, oblong-shaped adults are 10mm long. Females lay pale yellow, spherical 1-2mm diameter eggs in clusters of 10-60 into earthen cells. Larvae emerge and grow to 20mm, having a shiny appearance with blue-grey coloured abdomens. The larvae also have dark brown head capsules and two small plates behind the head that distinguish it from larvae of the New Zealand grass grub Costelytra zealandica. Larvae live in vertical tunnels in soil and feed primarily on animal and plant debris, but also on grass, lucerne and clover. Damage by both species causes patches of dead grass and bare soil. I would like to say so many drivers just are not good at giving way at roundabouts. Some drivers stop, then look to see if they need to give way. This is not how roundabouts work. Drivers need to look as they approach the roundabout and if the car on the right hasn’t moved then just go if the way is clear. It’s not just this roundabout that drivers have trouble with. We said: Low patronage has led to the axing of a bus trial from Darfield to Christchurch You said: Have a go at Scottish dancing EVER THOUGHT of trying Scottish country dancing? The Lincoln Scottish Country Dance Club is holding a have a go night on Tuesday to give people a chance to try it. It would take place at the Lincoln Events Centre at 7.30pm. Fully certified Scottish country dance teachers would be at the Stephen Graham – Use it - or lose it. Quite simple. Dennis Rogers – It doesn’t take rocket science to know that if you put fares up, less people will use the service. If they want people to use buses then drop fares. You get more people using them and they get more money. They have just got too greedy and we are now paying for it by less people using buses. session to teach people basic steps, formations and the dances. It is also a good way of exercising in a fun and friendly environment. The session will be free. Those participating are asked to wear soft shoes, as the club has limited pairs. Lincoln Event Centre is on Meijer Drive. Ventilation Equipment Suppliers totrade retail & CREATE THE DREAM Domestic Commercial Industrial Centrifugal inline fans Axial fans Axial fans Bathroom fans Window fans Axial inline fans 0800 SMOOTH (0800 766 684) firstname.lastname@example.org the right 351c Blenheim Rd Riccarton Christchurch 03 343 6184 product for the job Monday - Friday 7.30am - 5pm www.smooth-air.co.nz Take control of the weather! LET US CREATE YOUR PERFECT OUTDOOR SPACE CALL US TODAY FOR A NO OBLIGATION QUOTE CHRISTCHURCH 55 Hands Road Ph: (03) 338 9063 www.stratco.co.nz