BioBlitz 2014 prize winners
January 6, 2015
We are pleased to announce and congratulate the winners of the BioBlitz Melbourne 2014 prizes.
BioBlitz Melbourne 2014 Most Unexpected Species Prize
Awarded to: Ken Harris
Submission: Rentinus dilatatus (lanternfly).
Lanternflies are so called because originally the projections at the front of the head were thought to illuminate at night (this is not true). There is not a lot known about its biology and distribution. It is known to occur along the east coast of Australia from Adelaide to Cairns, and has been recorded before in Melbourne but is uncommon to find here. They are much more common and much larger and more elaborate in other countries, particularly in Asia, but we still have some impressive species here in Australia. R.dilatatus is about as impressive as lanternflies get around Melbourne. As fulgorids they likely feed on the sap of trees and woody shrubs by piercing through the bark.
BioBlitz Melbourne 2014 Photography Prize
Awarded to: Jodi Jackson
Submission: Austrotephritis poenia (fly)
BioBlitz Melbourne 2014 Citizen Science Prize
Awarded to: David Paterson
Submission: 653 submissions from independent and guided Bioblitz events
We were also pleased to award a range of spot prizes and honourable mentions to BioBlitz participants and we congratulate them on their efforts.
Thank you to all those who contributed photos to the BioBlitz database. Your images will be used for ongoing biodiversity monitoring of the City of Melbourne.