Banksia is used to honor Sir Joseph Banks an English botanist found on Captain Cook’s first voyage, while baxteri is in honor of William Baxter an English gardner known for his collection of Australian plants.
Fun Fact:It is serotinous, releases it’s seeds due to an environmental trigger (fire), and spikes from 9-12 years old have been found to still be completely viable.
*Byron B. Lamont, D. C. Le Maitre, R. M. Cowling, N. J. Enright (1991). “Canopy seed storage in woody plants”. The Botanical Review 57 (4): 277–317
Habitat: Endemic to woodlands and chaparral of Southwestern Australia.
Ecosystem Role: They have been found to be pollinated by a few species of Australian Honeyeaters.
Strix is Latin for an owl, while leptogrammica translates to slender linear maybe because of its breast feathers which have lots of slender lines on them.
Fun Fact: Strix is known as the earless owl genus because of their lack of ear tufts, though there are species of owls without ear tufts that can be found in other genuses.
Habitat: Endemic to forests at the foothills of the Himalayas and parts of Indonesia, India, and Sri Lanka.
Ecosystem Role: They help keep rodent, frog, insect, bird, and reptile species in check. They can provide food especially their eggs and chicks for larger predators like snakes I presume.
Aglais is Greek for splendor or beuaty, while in Greek Mythology io was a priestess of Hera in Argos, and seduced by Zeus.
Fun Fact: “The butterfly’s survival can be attributed to its ability to adapt to the deterioration of its food supply, moving to different forms of vegetation as needed (Zahraduik 1991).”
Habitat: Endemic to grasslands and forests of Europe and temperate Asia, including Japan.
Ecosystem Role: As caterpillars they feed on where their eggs are laid, often including hops or nettles. While adults act as pollinators from feeding on many different flowering plants including dandelions, hemp, clover, asters, and many more.They provide food for many species of birds, lizards, insectivore mammals, and other insects or spiders.