Naturae Amator and the Grasshopper infestations of South Australia's early years
The descriptions of the natural history of South Australia written by Charles Algernon Wilson (Naturae Amator, Delta) from 1841 to 1845 reveal much about the romantic vision of a young naturalist in an unknown southern world as he savoured the unlimited prospects of the new colony. They also provide sufficient detail about the grasshoppers that became an annual swarming pest around Adelaide during 1843-1848 to assign it to the common species Austroicetes cruciata (Saussure 1888). This resets...[Show more]
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