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Insect Tourism Brisbane

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Brisbane has some great spots to share nature with real insects : naughty and nice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Insect Lasers are a very exciting proposal indeed. They form a completely new method of insect control. This can be relating to insect control for mosquitoes and other biting insects affecting humans. This can be important in insect control in relation to plant crops. Even if insects cannot be completely prevented from spreading, their numbers can be reduced substantially.

Insect Lasers in short provide targeted insect “vector “control. The problems relate more to cost and whether undertaking such a scheme is worthwhile. It is in fact possible today. Economics and the concept of “social need” is what makes it difficult to implement.

Traditional methods of insect control rely on chemical based techniques such as insecticides. These kill many insects. This can in fact harm many agricultural applications relying on insects such as honeybees. Insect Lasers are much more targeted and specific with much lower collateral damage than traditional control techniques, especially insecticides.

An important issue with the concept of insect Lasers is the necessity of moving away from “M&M” models of pest security. “M&Ms” are popular chocolate sweets, much like the old “smarty”. They are hard and crunchy on the outside due to their sugar-coating, and soft and munchy on the inside due to the chocolate filling. If poorly thought out and implemented, insect lasers as an insect protection scheme defaults to a barrier protection model.

Often little consideration is given to internal protection mechanisms. Insects will get past barriers no matter how cleverly placed. Having barriers within the outside barriers stops internal spread. It creates “safe rooms” behind the barrier. It is the same model as for Internet security systems with internal firewalls behind the main external firewall router.

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Our example from science fiction uses the character Eli Strone. This fictional character uses lasers to push and pull and sort bacteria. I would believe it is possible using the right light frequency to move single bacteria without injuring them. The same technique has been proposed for storing antimatter, controlling and feeding fusion reactions and moving tiny bits of matter in physics experiments.

Insect Lasers as a technique, defaults towards the killing of insects, but I suppose is also possible to force the movement of insects independently of killing them.

This technology is here and now already. It just needs a strong incentive to provide implementation. Dr Xxxxx certainly believes he can see an important application on the horizon.

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What Do Insect Lasers remind You of in Brisbane?

The concept of insect Lasers as relevant to Brisbane reminds me of the lights and sparkle of the city. The Brisbane exhibition (EKKA) has a fireworks and light show worth seeing. Unfortunately it appears that in recent years they have been moving away from the laser light show, probably due to the fear of injuring a spectator. Still worth watching though. The Brisbane exhibition or EKKA is in August. Catch a train is my suggestion.

You can also see the lights of the city in various lookouts. Mount Cootha look out is probably the premier look out of the city. Mt Gravatt look out is probably also worth a visit. You will need a car. There are plenty of lookouts along the Mount Glorious Road, but this is really a daytime trip to look at the scenery as most of the countryside is just that countryside, with not too many light sparkles at night.

Mt Cootha Lookout Mt Cootha Lookout

Brisbane’s Best Lookouts

Brisbane exists amidst hilly terrain. So there are many great Lookouts in around and close to the city area. Best of all they are free. The Local council generally has free viewing platforms, easily accessible roads and often roadside rest areas nearby at which to picnic, or just enjoy the view. Often there are walks to enjoy nature as well.

  • Windsor
    Take the winding Eildon Reservoir Rd (or drive) to Eildon reservoirs. The lookout, takes in the city, northern suburbs, Mt Cootha and more.
  • Highgate Hill Park
    An historic white pavilion holds prime place in this charming little inner city park that sits 62m above sea level on Highgate hill’s highest ridge. 
  • Mt Cootha
    Mount Cootha lies amidst an extensive nature reserve with walks and roadside rest areas at many locations nearby. The views are extraordinary and cover much of the city. The restaurants and cafes nearby to provide a counterpoint to your experience.

    JC Slaughter Falls Mt Cootha JC Slaughter Falls Mt Cootha

  • Mt Gravatt Lookout
    The south side lookout to rival Mt Cootha is tucked away in bushland at the top of Mt Gravatt, & comes with views to Moreton Bay & Mt Cootha, an onsite kiosk, playground and native garden.
  • St Brigid’s, Red Hill
    Part of Archbishop Duhig’s sizable Catholic real estate portfolio - from the car park and surrounds of St Brigid’s you can see across the hills of Paddington & south to the Border Ranges.


  • Gateway Bridge
    Park underneath the Gateway and take the ramp to the bridge-formerly-known-as-the Gateway Bridge. Take the pedestrian/bike path for some extraordinary views of the river out to Moreton Bay and the islands.
  • Hamilton Hill
    The Hamilton Hill reservoirs, our focus point of Brisbane’s North. They have good views day or Night, as they boast some of the most stunning views across the river to the city and beyond.
  • Kangaroo Point River Tce
    Dress circle city, South Bank and Mt Cootha vistas are enjoyed from this prime viewing spot featuring a line-up of picnic tables, BBQs and the popular 
    Cliffs café.


  • Nt Nebo Road : Jolly’s Lookout
    The iconic Mt Nebo lookout named in honour of early 20th century Lord Mayor William Jolly is a mecca for picnickers on weekends. Mount Nebo and Mount glorious beckon the intrepid soul for some unique experiences. Restaurants, cafes, roadside rest areas and walking tracks abound at many points.
  • Mt Cootha Botanic Gardens 
    Take the high road inside the gardens (on foot at weekends or drive during the week) to a high up look out complete with picnic shelters, for a surprising panorama of the city and beyond.



  • Camp Mountain
    In the D’Aguilar ranges only about a half hour from the CBD is this lesser known peak spot with views all the way out to sea that was once a camp ground for crazed gold prospectors.
  • Green Hill Reservoir
    This one’s especially for the dog lovers – the only elevated off leash Dog Park with fantastic views, overlooked by the gargantuan and imposing 1968 reservoir.
  • Whites Hill
    Alas, the tea house that was once the attraction on the top of this hill is long gone but those who don’t mind a short bush walk are rewarded from the summit with impressive city views.

Walks Brisbane Walks Brisbane

Walking on the Gold Coast
Walking on the Gold Coast Dog Park

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What Else Does this Technology Remind me of in Brisbane? :

Insects

Insects are among the most plentiful t and diverse groups of organisms on Earth. They can be found in every environmental niche on the planet (perhaps with the exception of the Antarctic).They survive in pristine bushland to the concreted heart of a city’s CBD. Parks and gardens support hundreds of different species. Even the barest entertainment area will be populated with insects and leafy gardens have a veritable 'ecosystem”' of these six-legged creatures.

Insects are an integral part of the ecology of natural, agricultural and urban ecosystems. The 'ecosystem services' provided by insects are substantial. They play vital roles in the decomposition of organic matter, nutrient recycling and soil formation, and in the pollination and dispersal of plants. They also provide a food source for many other groups of animals. Only a very small percentage of insect species are troublesome or destructive pests.

An insect's body consists of three parts:

  • The head is used for feeding and sensing the environment and has a pair of compound eyes and up to three simple eyes, one pair of antennae and a set of mouthparts which may be piercing, chewing or sucking types depending on the insect.

  • The thorax is made up of three segments, each having a pair of legs. In most adult insects the last two segments of the thorax may each have a pair of wings. The thorax is filled with muscles which power the insect's legs and wings.

  • The abdomen is the largest and softest of the three body parts. It houses the vital organs for digestion and reproduction. It can swell up to store food and, in females, it can store eggs before they are laid.

Adult insects have three pairs of legs and most have two pairs of wings, although some have only a single pair, or have lost their wings altogether. Only the most primitive insects, such as silverfish and their relatives, have evolved without wings.
Insects begin life as an egg, although a rare few give birth to live young. Insects can be divided into two groups on the basis of how the immature stages develop.

In one group, metamorphosis (the transformation to an adult insect) is gradual. The immature stages, called nymphs, closely resemble the adults except that they lack wings and reproductive structures. They generally live in the same sorts of places and eat the same food as the adults. In the second group, those with abrupt metamorphosis, the immature stages are grub-like larvae. To make the transformation from larva to adult they must undergo an intermediate stage, forming a pupa, which does not feed. The larval stages of this second group of insects usually differ from the adults in their habitat and food requirements.

Insects are classified to class Insecta. These are sub- classified into about twenty-five orders and sub- orders. These are then classified into approximately hundred and seventy-six families. There are believed to be somewhat of the order of 400,000 known species in almost 30,000 genera across the planet.

 

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Examples from Science Fiction
referring to this technology:

DE Jones: Xeno. In this book, a flying insect spreads a parasitic infection – much like Bot fly infestation of sheep. The larvae wander through the body and force adaptive changes on their host improving their feeding. The host dies and the insects fly off to attack and infest other hosts. An infestation of this nature would change civilisation on this planet. The outside world would be denied to us as we all strive to avoid infection. Even a momentary lapse in precautions could be lethal.

I think what this book highlights to my mind is the incredible power of the immune system to stop such an event occurring in the animal species on this planet. A maggot larva is only in contact with the immune system for a short period of time, far too short for an antibody response to be effectuated. Yet they are killed. Perhaps if the maggot larvae had a DNA structure more similar to that of a human mammal and less immunogenic, they could be a substantially greater threat.

Greg Bear: Blood Music. In this infection situation, lymphocytes gain sentience from a DNA vector. With sentience they can gain the capacity to spread themselves to new hosts.
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Donald Kingsbury: Geta. In this book gene engineering creates an “Under Jaw Beatle “with human enzymes enabling it to ingest and digest wheat. On a planet where human beings are barely surviving against hostile world, it only takes one disaster like this to tip the balance against humanity. To engineer such a creature is a form of bio – terrorism and is treason to the human race.
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Zombies: this infection is spread by the bite of an infected animal – namely a zombie. It is obvious and could be spread by the bite of a small insect, it would be a much more pervasive and insidious disease, and much more difficult to combat.

Thomas Harlan: A Wasteland of Flint. Nano bots form an infection/infestation on their own behalf. They are capable of consuming and subsuming other materials on the planet to form more of themselves. Perhaps a laser fence may form some sort of defence against flying nano bots, and may help to limit the spread of this agent.
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Lee Hogan: Belarus. The sprites form an infection or infestation albeit a friendly one. They are capable of building more of themselves and of spreading. However they work together for the human good. It is quite possible that they may also work for the human harm. It becomes obvious that being able to form a defence against the miniature – world and the micro – world may become more important to citizens of the future.
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Niven and Pournelle: Legacy of Heorot. A predatory super animal lives within streams. In the right conditions it can proliferate and will then attack nearby animal life. In the world of the future especially in the galaxy at large, there may be such creatures. A laser fence may be one method of defending against them (especially if small).

Brian Stableford: The Paradise Game. Human beings arrive at an idyllic world to find that the world is actually a trap. A bacteria is present which infects the humans, enforcing a “peacefulness” that is inconsistent with the usual values and activities of civilisation. I would state that in an uncertain future, it is not possible to have too many methods of disease control to limit the spread of infection or infestation.
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John Wyndham: The Day of the Triffids. These creatures are the ultimate horror. They spread throughout the planet by means of spores which float upon the wind. They are capable of movement and are inimical and poisonous to human beings. In a situation where humans lose an advantage – namely the sense of vision, they threaten the dominance of humanity over this planet.
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KinkajouMedKinkajou : Clever New Applications:

  • Human disease vector control
  • Control of insects amidst crops reducing disease spread or vector spread.

 

 

 

Well-known Groupings Amidst Insects Include:

Order Ephemeroptera: Mayflies
Order Odonata: Dragonflies and Damselflies
Order Blattodea: Cockroaches

Order Isoptera: Termites
Order Mantodea: Praying Mantids
Order Orthoptera: Crickets and Katydids 

Order Orthoptera- suborder Caelifera: Grasshoppers
Order Homoptera: Cicadas
Order Phasmatodea: Stick Insects 

Order Hemiptera: Hemiptera, suborder Sternorrhyncha. They include the superfamily Coccoidea, previously placed in the now obsolete group called "Homoptera"Suborder Sternorrhyncha (Soft Bugs). Aphids, Scale Insects and Mealy Bugs 
Hemiptera suborder Heteroptera,  Reduviidae:< Assassin Bugs 

Order: Hemiptera. Suborder: Heteroptera. Infraorder: Pentatomomorpha. Superfamily: Lygaeoidea.
Family Lygaeidae - Lygaeid Bugs, Seed Bugs, Milkweed Bugs, Chinch Bugs Big-eyed Bugs, Coon Bugs, Largid bugs and Cotton Stainers Bugs.
Subfamily ISCHNORHYNCHINAE - Brown Lygaeid Bugs Subfamily LYGAEINAE - Milkweed Bugs">: Hemiptera. Superfamily: Pyrrhocoroidea. ">Family>Pyrrhocoridae; "> Order PYRRHOCOROIDEA: includes the, Big-eyed Bugs, Coon Bugs,


Family Pentatomoidea: Stink Bugs - Any shield-shaped insect. Often called Shield Bugs.
Family Cicadllidae: Leafhoppers and Planthoppers

Family COREOIDEA: Coreid Bugs - include - Tip Wilter, Leaf Footed Bugs, Squash Bugs,
Family Alydidae - Broad Headed Bugs
Family Rhopalidae - Red-eyed bugs


Order Neuroptera: Many families are included such as Lacewings 
Order Coleoptera:  Many families are included such as  Beetles  

Order Diptera: Many families are included such as Flies
True flies are insects of the order Diptera. Insects of this order use only a single pair of wings to fly, the hindwings having evolved into advanced mechanosensory organs known as halteres, which act as high-speed sensors of rotational movement

Order Hymenoptera:  many families included such as bees, wasps and ants

Order Lepidoptera includes moths and butterflies
Lepidoptera are morphologically distinguished from other orders principally by the presence of scales on the external parts of the body and appendages, especially the wings. Lepidopterans undergo a four-stage life cycle: egg; larva or caterpillar; pupa or chrysalis; and imago (plural: imagines) / adult. They are quite diverse in their basic body structure, allowing advantageous adaptations to diverse lifestyles and environments.