A Thai bee fly

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 larva, prepupa or pupa’ (1).  Some are even hyperparasites, which means that – in the larval stage – they feed on other parasites, themselves feeding…

Galápagos dove

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.  It does however, suffer from predation by introduced, feral cats.  These cats are a real threat to some species on the Galápagos islands and need…

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 (1). It occurs in a wide variety of habitats, from urban areas to the Chaco, Cerrado and Atlantic Forest regions. Fortunately, it is not threatened…

Old blue eyes!

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).  It has a Himalayan distribution which stretches from Sikkim, through NE India and Myanmar, down into northern Thailand.  It typically occupies evergreen forest, where it…

Speckled, but inclined to vary!

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 a cline) from north to south, in Europe.  In northern Europe (including parts of the UK), there is a darker subspecies (called P. a. tircis) whilst in southern…