Here's a papua new guinea butterfly collection that I picked up from an old antique shop in toowoomba. All the import paper work came with it also a paper identifying each species
Papua new guinea butterfly collection
South american tarantula
Here's an insect collection I did on our 100 acre property that we had at Somerton NSW, not far from Tamworth back in 2005 - 2006
Some interesting butterfly species. We also had white tailed spiders and Mouse spiders. The area also had the most brown snakes I have ever seen in any place we have lived, probably because of the high rodent populations in the crops that are grown there.
Male Mouse Spider - Somerton NSW
White Tailed Spider - Somerton NSW
Here's an interview I just did for mark antony raines blog. It's a great blog with lots of interesting articles. Here's the link - http://ghostmanraines.blogspot.com.au/2014/04/mike-hardcastle-interviewed-by-mark.html?spref=bl or click on the image.
Here's a large Australlian Barking spider from my collection, the photo is inlarged so the details can bee seen
Here's a note by my father on the intact skeleton of a large Amethystine python he found while exploring the rainforests near the Barron River on the Atherton Tablelands north Queensland in 1943. It also had the intact skeleton of a wallaby inside its rib cage.
Here is an interesting repost from my old website about the knowledgeable Australian herpetologist Richard Wells. Richard published a series of controversial taxonomic works on Australian reptiles in the 1980's. He also collected some very interesting Cryptozoological reports from northern Australia regarding giant pythons in Arnhem Land, an unknown aquatic reptile in the Mary river and some type of strange Cassowarie or Emu like bird, all of which are documented in Dr Karl Shuker's great book Alien Zoo.
Below is a fascinating description given to me by Richard of the large unknown python.
'' In my opinion - derived from what I was told by aboriginals and others in the NT - I think there could very well be a large unknown python that is an ecological analogue of the Anaconda living a totally aquatic existence in at least the north-west of the NT where floating meadow swamps still exist. What was described to me was definitely not oenpelliensis....Regards " - Richard Wells
Old newspaper articles on giant pythons in Arnhem Land
Old photo of a large 'scrub' python - Morelia amethistina from north Queensland
Richard with a eastern brown snake (Pseudonaja textilis)
Beautiful Victorian era Watercolour of a Diamond Python
Victorian era taxonomic watercolour of a Carpet Python
Don't know this guys name but he looks like a Victorian era herpetologist, love the pith helmet. image from our local newspaper
Some of my interests include the Victorian era naturalists scientists and explorers such as Richard Owen, Nikola Tesla and Percy Fawcett also subjects such as Cryptozoology, Tesla inventions, and Victorian Era Natural History. I'm also a Biblical Unitarian and a artist