For Parents and teachers

A MyLittleWorld for teachers (and parents) is available with lots of suggestions for science, reading, writing, drama and art activities, history links, topics for discussion, and more!

For recommended reading, a useful list of guidebooks for all ages and fun websites please see the References and Links page.

My Little World
 features a few endangered species, some of which may actually be locally extinct on Black Mountain now.  See these links for more about:


References for younger and older biologists, with a section on Canberra specific books at the end.

For younger readers

  • Brunet, B. 2000, Spider Watch: a guide to Australian spiders. New Holland(Australia), Sydney
  • Clyne, D. 2010 All about Ants. New Holland (Australia), SydneyClyne, D. 2009 The Secret Life of Caterpillars. New Holland (Australia), Sydney
  • Coupar, P. & Coupar, M. 1992, Flying colours: common caterpillars, butterflies, and moths of south-eastern Australia, University of New South Wales Press, Sydney, NSW.
  • Lindsey, T 1998 Green Guide: Spiders of Australia. New Holland (Australia), Sydney
  • Zborowski, P. 2010.  Can you find me?  Nature’s Hidden Creatures.  New Holland (Australia), Sydney
  • Zborowski, P. 2007 Spiders, Snails & Other Minibeasts of Australia. New Holland (Australia), Sydney.
  • Zborowski, P 2002 Green Guide: Insects of Australia. New Holland (Australia), Sydney

For older readers/general public:

  • Braby, M. F. 2000, Butterflies of Australia: their identification, biology and distribution Volume One. CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood, Vic.
  • Braby, M.F. 2004 The Complete Field Guide to Butterflies of Australia,CSIRO Publishing
  • Clyne, D. 1981, A guide to Australian spiders, Thomas Nelson, Sydney, NSW.
  • Hangay, G. & German, P. 2000, Insects of Australia, a field guide, Reed New Holland, Frenchs Forest, NSW.
  • Hangay, G. and Zborowski, P 2010 A Guide to the Beetles of Australia, CSIRO Publishing
  • Rentz, D. C. 1996, Grasshopper country: the abundant orthopteroid insects of Australia, University of New South Wales Press, Sydney, NSW
  • Rentz, D. 2010 A Guide to the Katydids of Australia, CSIRO Publishing
  • Theischinger, G & Hawking, J 2008 The Complete Field Guide to Dragonflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing
  • Zborowski,P & Storey, R. 2010 A Field Guide to Insects in Australia, CSIRO Publishing
  • Zborowski, P and Edwards, T 2007 A guide to Australian Moths, CSIRO Publishing

Canberra Specific

  • Fraser, I & McJannett, M. 1993, Wildflowers of the bush capital: a field guide to Canberra Nature Park, Vertego Press, Canberra, ACT.
  • Jones, D. 2008, Field guide to orchids of the Australian Capital Territory, National Parks Association of the ACT, Canberra, ACT.
  • National Parks Association of the ACT Inc. 2007, Field guide to the native trees of the ACT, Canberra, ACT.


  • Bugwise – a website about invertebrates, with identification and monitoring tools including a key to identifying different types of spider webs! Australian Muesum
  • Backyard Biodiversity – a CSIRO page dedicated to exploring the plants and animals in your own backyard including endangered and invasive species.  Lots of activities to try!
  • Bugs! – a fun page about invertebrates from the Museum of Victoria
  • Fungi DownUnder – a great page full of facts about finding and figuring out fungi!

The Australian National Botanic Gardens are situated on the lower slopes of Black Mountain where the book is set.  They have a great resource and activity page too.



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