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Over the 4 month long COVID-19 lockdown in NSW Australia in 2021, I began my passion for entomology ( the study of insects ). My qualifying hike for Bronze was moved to a later date as a result of this lockdown, happening to fall on my birthday. While hiking in Marra Marra NSW, a blue insect fell onto my friend's arm, and onto a nearby native Acacia plant. Immediately, I was able to identify this Weevil as a Botany Bay Diamond Beetle, the first insect/animal to be associated with Australia as a country!Its bright blue colours were spotted during Captain James Cook's explorations of Australia. The fact that while hiking, we spotted the first scientifically described insect species ever in Australia, on my birthday made the whole experience very special!
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