Waterbugs, the little creatures living in Devilbend Reserve waterways and surrounding catchment drain can help tell us the health of the water. They also provide an abundance of food for a variety of fish and bird life.
Above & below images taken by Hansi Wegner
Examples: Snails, flatworms, leechs, mosquito larvae. Typically found in highly disturbed streams, inner city or industrial areas.
Examples: Freshwater shrimp, amphipod, dragonfly. Typically found in disturbed streams or suburban streams.
Examples: Caddisfly, mayfly, diving beetle. Typically found in streams with little disturbance, well vegetated streams in farmland or low density housing.
Examples: Stonefly nymphs, damsel fly larvae. Typically found in streams with good water quality and habitat or in forested areas.
Currently, the Macroinvertebrates monitoring is conducted
twice yearly, Autumn and Spring at these locations: