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Selwyn Times: August 22, 2018

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SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Wednesday August 22 2018 19 Backyard Critters Moths come to light at night 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. Check out the full list of invertebrates found at http://naturewatch.org. nz/projects/backyardbiodiversity-bugs-in-lincoln ONE OF the larger and more common moths that come to light at night is the New Zealand cutworm Graphania mutans. It is one of at least 38 species in the endemic genus Graphania. The moth is variable in length, 15-19mm, markings and colour, with forewings ranging from grey, to browns and green. Female moths lay 0.6mm diameter eggs in batches of between six and 200, usually in a single layer. Eggs are laid on a range of plants including ryegrass, tussock, magnolia, ecalyptus and apple. MOTH: Graphania mutans, commonly known as the New Zealand cutworm, is variable in length, 15-19mm, markings and colour, with forewings ranging from grey, to browns and green. ​ Larvae emerge from eggs after six to 12 days and will eat their empty shell and often drop on threads of silk to the ground to feed on a wide variety of low growing species. Larva are mainly pale green but have flecks of yellow, brown, pink and black as they grow in size. Their dark-coloured breathing holes, called spiracles, appear in a row above a white lateral line on both sides of the body. Feeding stops a few days before pupation when they usually go to ground and eventually turn dark brown. Local News Now Fire rages, homes at risk ACTIVITIES: Future Leader scholars (from left to right), Dan Ryan, Paige Harris, Phoebe Topp, Rachael Phillipson and George Letham with children from Hororata Primary School. Promoting rural well-being RURAL well-being was the focus of a recent event at Hororata Primary School. A group of Lincoln University Future Leader scholars ran a series of activities which aimed to bring children and their families together. The school hosted several learning sessions relating to topics such as technology, healthy eating and being sun smart, which took place alongside the scholars’ more hands-on activities. Future Leader scholar Paige Harris said the pupils’ families were invited to attend the event. “The idea was to begin creating habits that would make each family unit stronger and encourage them to appreciate the simple things in life,” she said. “We wanted to let rural families know they shouldn’t feel guilty about taking time off, in spite of the busy period at the moment with calving and lambing. “In fact, it’s important to take time off in order to be able to work to a high standard throughout the whole season.” The scholars’ message about rural wellbeing also involved ease of access to resources if needed, with Farmstrong and the Mental Health Foundation providing supplies for some of the activities. Miss Harris said the event was designed to align with five key strategies for promoting physiological well-being –‘be active’, ‘take notice’, ‘keep learning’, ‘give’, and ‘connect’. Pupils made cards to give to people they loved (which corresponded to the strategies of ‘connect’ and ‘take notice’), participated in a gumboot throw (‘be active’), took a quiz (‘keep learning’), and painted a picture representing their idea of what ‘giving’ looked like. JOIN US NOW! See website for details YD Save $50 when you spend $150, Save $100 when you spend $300. SCRIBER & MARKS Trousers were $179, Now $39. Shirts were $99, Now $29. CUTLER & CO Buy 1 Item, Get the 2nd Item Half Price (2nd item of equal or lesser value, conditions apply). STYLES MAY DIFFER TO IMAGE SHOWN CANTERBURY OUTLET 50% Off Original Prices Storewide. TAROCASH Nothing Over $60 (excludes suits, while stocks last). BONDS OUTLET Jockey Men’s Dressing Gowns, RRP $99.99, Now $20 (while stocks last, sizes S-XL). Sign up to Smart Deals & be in the monthly draw for a $100 Dress-Smart gift card! Be one of the first to hear about the latest deals, sent straight to your inbox each week! CHRISTCHURCH 409 Main South Road, Hornby www.dress-smart.co.nz Open 10am-5pm, 7 Days 03 349 5750