Tuesday, 2 January 2007

2007 continues to be an improvement on 2006. The first day back at work was quiet. That doesn't mean that my in-tray was empty, of course. But—and this is the good bit—the lack of staff and students meant the to-do list didn't get any longer. Indeed, by the end of the day it was much shorter. If this keeps up, I'll clear my desk of outstanding jobs by Friday. And not by filing them in the round cabinet (a technique that was becoming increasingly tempting towards the end of last year).

I'm sure it won't last but I'll enjoy it for now.

We also spent time discussing research projects for 2007. We've got some beaut ideas for studies, at least one of which we're going to launch into right away. I haven't been so animated and enthusiastic for ages and I want to keep the fervour alive.

I'll give you regular updates.


Geoff_D said...

Helix, would you mind popping into my photobucket http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v40/geoffd/My_Place/
and seeing if you could ID the chrysalises. I should know what they are, but somehow the info has fallen out of my head.

They are on a local fig, with a weeping habit, here in Brisbane.

Ta muchly

Snail said...


They look like the Common Crow, Euploea core. They're dark butterflies with white markings along the edge of the hind wing. You'll have seen the
about the place.

The larvae feed on just about everything, including oleander (which they love) and figs.

The metallic chrysalis is extraordinary. They're just amazing.

(Hope the links work.)

Snail said...

Bugger! Didn't proof read unti after the event.

Euploea core corinna.

Blasted subspecies.

Geoff_D said...

I knew that, just couldn't get it to pop free from my brain. Thanks ever so much. We have a lot of the butterflies in the garden in spring/early summer.


Geoff_D said...

After reading your links, I can add a plant to the list that the larvae chew on - Stephanotis floribunda. Must check my vines to see if there are more chrysalises there.

Snail said...

Don't think I'd have quite the same diversity in my garden as you do in yours, but there are a few species around:

admirals and painted ladies (sounds like one of those parties

sundry blues that I can't get close enough to put a positive ID on

skippers (they should hang out with the admirals, perhaps)

and millions of cabbage whites (are they the most abundant and well-known butterflies on the planet?)

jj said...

Snail, you sound marvellous again.
It _is_ a terrific feeling being back on work that you love isn't it.

and big smiles to geoff d and those gorgeous creatures.

Snail said...

It _is_ a terrific feeling being back on work that you love isn't it.

I hope the feeling lasts! Even when there's no face-to-face teaching there's so little time to do any research. (As you know!)