Whilst photographing this striking butterfly – The Common Tit (Hypolycaena erylus himavantus) in Thailand – I noticed that it was moving the tails at the end of its wings. The … Continue Reading Pushmi-pullyu butterfly
If skippers were dogs, I think they would be pugs! Skippers are stocky little butterflies with hooked antennae, large eyes and a rapid, bobbing or darting flight. There are about 3,500 … Continue Reading Skippers
The Common Earl (Tanaecia julii), as the name suggests, is a relatively common butterfly with a wide distribution, including India, Bhutan, Myanmar, Thailand, China, West Malaysia and Sumatra. It is … Continue Reading The Common Earl, a butterfly with green eyes!
There are 44 species of iguanas (in nine genera), but remarkably, some are still undescribed (1). There are three Land iguanas found in The Galápagos Islands: Conolophus marthae, Conolophus pallidus and Conolophus subcristatus. The … Continue Reading Land iguanas: a link with the past
A sea-going l izard.
Marine iguanas (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) have probably been living happily on the Galápagos islands for over 10 million years (1). The first human being they saw was the Bishop of Panama … Continue Reading A sea-going lizard
Rock on pigeons, you are just like us!. You have to admire their adaptability; they have learnt to live with us and in many ways they are much like us: urban, … Continue Reading Rock on pigeons, you are just like us!
Feral pigeons (Columba livia domestica) – also called city pigeons or street pigeons – are extremely successful animals. They are derived from domesticated pigeons, which are themselves derived from rock … Continue Reading Rock on pigeons, you are just like us!
Bees love lilies.
Whilst taking pictures of water lilies in Queen Sirikit Botanic Gardens (Chiang Mai, Thailand) I noticed that there were bees feeding on the flowers. Honey bees are generalists and visit … Continue Reading Bees love lilies
Wear and tear!.
We all start off bright and shiny! Our new scales glittering in the sunshine, bedazzling and bewitching all onlookers. But life gradually takes its toll; our scales fall off, bits … Continue Reading Wear and tear!
Duttaphrynus melanostictus is called the Asian common toad, Indian toad or Black-Spined Toad. It occurs very widely in south and south-east Asia, from Pakistan all the way to Indonesia. These … Continue Reading Tubby toad
I came across this small pond frog whilst staying in northern Thailand recently. They were inhabiting water filled lily-pots outside my bedroom at a charming resort called Malee’s Nature Lovers Bungalows, … Continue Reading A small frog with a big voice!
I like skinks. They look friendly! There is something about their smooth shape and rounded lines that looks more attractive than some other types of lizard. There are more than … Continue Reading Skinks, me thinks, are cool!