Most bee flies (Family Bombyliidae) are parasites. They feed externally on the larvae of bees and wasps, consuming the host when it is in a ‘quiescent stage such as the mature … Continue Reading A Thai bee fly
This lovely little dove is endemic to the Galápagos islands, Ecuador. It is not know exactly how many there are on these islands, but it is not thought to be threatened. … Continue Reading Galápagos dove
Rocky Rococo the pebbly toad!.
This huge toad, Rhinella schneideri – over 20 cm in length – lives in South America: throughout North and Central Argentina, central Bolivia, the Atlantic coast of Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay … Continue Reading Rocky Rococo the pebbly toad!
The Dusky Diadem [Ethope himachala (Moore, 1857)] is a fairly common species in upland regions of northeastern India, for example in provinces such as Arunachul Pradesh, Meghalaya and Nagaland (1). … Continue Reading Old blue eyes!
Speckled Wood butterflies, Pararge aegeria, come in a variety of shapes and colours. Perhaps the most interesting thing about this species, is that it varies along a huge gradient (called … Continue Reading Speckled, but inclined to vary!
An elegant model and a natural mimic (with appalling manners!).
Butterflies in the genus Acraea – such as the Acraea Elegant, Acraea egina, feed selectively on plants with cyanoglycosides (poisons!) belonging to plant families such as the Passifloraceae (the Passion Flower family). … Continue Reading An elegant model and a natural mimic (with appalling manners!)
In my experience, the Marsh Fritillary, Euphydryas aurinia, is relatively common in Galicia (NW Spain) – where I took these photographs – but is considered to be threatened in the … Continue Reading Marsh Fritillary – doing well in Galicia