It was a very interesting talk. I got to hold a sheet-web spider and a ground weta. I also saw a white tailed spider, a cobweb spider, huhu grub, a beetle, and lots of other exciting things.
He talked about the Christchurch earthquake. He said about a colony of fungi that found places under the cracks and when the fruiting bodies grew they burst through 3cm thick asphalt! Fungi decomposes stuff.
I like learning about biodiversity! (As you can see from all the other things I have written) It has lots of cool things like spiders, insects, and fungi! Biodiversity is very important because it helps the world keep healthy. There would be no such thing as life if there was no biodiversity, and it is very interesting.
People asked him where they should go on holiday and he recommended Alaska. When they came back they said "You didn't remind me about the mosquitos there!" Then Ruud said that mosquitos were very important and without them there wouldn't be an Alaska because mosquitos pollinate the flowers, the larvae keep the waters clear of algae, and they are part of the food chain.
Biodiversity is one of my favourite topics to think about! I hope you found this blog fun and informational! Enjoy :)
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