I am not very used to meet compatriots here in Australia. What a surprise, that my colleagues from Prague (Dr Petr Janšta, Bc. Julie Böhmová and Bc. Ondřej Barda) decided to come to Adelaide this January! This coincidence ended up in a fieldtrip to Moorunde Wildlife Reserve. We were invited there by our local colleague, Dr Gary Taylor, from Adelaide University.
We had a wonderful time. Collecting, installing a Malaise trap and - of course, looking for wombats! Unfortunately, we left too early to meet them. Instead, we came across myriads of Yellow Jewel Beetles (Temognatha heros). Yellow Jewel Beetles use their vision to locate conspecifics. They were strongly attracted to my pinkish-orange t-shirt, and a few of them even landed on me!
However, my internship is slowly coming to the end. Hopefully, this is not my last time working with people from Motion Vision Lab, as I love both the team & the topics that are being studied here. I encourage everybody, who fell in love with motion vision research, to consider coming, too - there is a post doc offer (see post below). Don't miss your chance.