St Andrew’s Cross Spider

Earlier this week I came across this beautiful lady in her web. The next day she was gone and a few days later a plethora of spiderlings emerged from the nest at the top of the web. When I zoomed in on the images, she is actually spinning silk! She’s a …

Ant – More than What’s in Ya Pants!

Ant meaning… “You’ve got ants in ya pants!” Is there a young child who hasn’t giggled and used this ‘naughty’ expression? Ants have the capacity to bring the giggles and squeals of childhood back – especially if you do get one caught in your clothes! Watching them as they struggle to …

Bee

Most of the 2000 or so native bees are solitary creatures and do not produce honey. It is the trigona which produces honey known as sugarbag.  A rich, dark, pollen-infused honey, it was never commercially viable to be produced. The Aboriginal people, who considered sugarbag a delicacy, tracked the hive by …

Bogong Moth

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This creature also includes the interpretation for any moth; however take into account any differences in colour or size as there are many types of moth in Australia, and adapt it’s meaning for you as a symbol. Bogong Moths were and are a popular food source for the Aboriginal people, …

Butterfly

Butterflies are symbols of the soul; in many cultures they represent the cycle of birth, death and transformation. They are a spiritual affirmation if they appear in your life. In a well-known Dreaming about Butterfly[1], as caterpillar she goes off in search for the meaning of death.  The other creatures …

Cicada – First Voices

Sounding like a symphony of high-pitched monotone didgeridoos, voices of summer, the piercing music of cicadas ring in chorus throughout the Australian bush and city alike. Cicadas quite likely made the first animal sounds on earth, their evolutionary history dating back at least two hundred and fifty million years. Fossils …

Firefly

In the corner of your eye you might see a falling star, but, before you can make your wish, the light re-appears.  Zipping across the night sky, their lights turning on and off, the firefly is a fascinating insect, and one not every Australian has had the pleasure of witnessing. …

Fly – To Whom We Dedicate the Aussie Salute

The great Aussie salute has been devoted to the fly. Swarms of these pestiferous insects have been behind the development of the swaggie’s hat with hanging corks designed to deter them.  Strips of sticky paper, complete with an assortment of dead and writhing victims, is a vintage outback, pioneering symbol …