Source: Kittiwake kittiwake! The cliffs along Marine Drive, Scarborough, are bare and strangely quiet now that winter is coming. The kittiwakes have long since left and are far away, over … Continue Reading Kittiwake kittiwake!
The cliffs along Marine Drive, Scarborough, are bare and strangely quiet now that winter is coming. The kittiwakes have long since left and are far away, over the ocean. Only … Continue Reading Kittiwake kittiwake!
Source: Bumbler bees and foxgloves Guard hairs deter smaller bees from entering the foxglove flower. The reason being that the flower is effectively selecting large bees to pollinate it, particularly … Continue Reading Bumbler bees and foxgloves
Sometimes when you take a photograph you only notice something unusual about it when you come to examine the image closely on the computer. I took this image of a … Continue Reading Bumbler bees and foxgloves
Source: Shiny bronze beetle Carabus (Ctenocarabus) melancholicus costatus Germar, 1824, occurs in the northern half of the Iberian Peninsula.
I came across this attractive ground beetle in Galicia, Spain. It was quite large, over an inch long (at c. 27 mm), with an attractive bronze sheen (1). Its taxonomic … Continue Reading Shiny bronze beetle
Source: Wandering after Wallace: Gede-Pangrango National Park
Source: Wandering after Wallace: Cibodas Botanical Gardens It would be interesting to know what Wallace would have thought of the gardens today. He would probably have been impressed by the … Continue Reading Wandering after Wallace: Cibodas Botanical Gardens
Source: Wandering after Wallace: Bogor Botanical Gardens Alfred Russel Wallace – co-discoverer of evolution by natural selection – spent three and a half months in Java and visited these gardens … Continue Reading Wandering after Wallace: Bogor Botanical Gardens
Source: Grasshopper legs
I came across this grasshopper at a site I have blogged about before, called Punta Corveira. This beautiful headland is located on the north coast of Galicia – between Cedeira and … Continue Reading Grasshopper legs
Source: A weird and wonderful plant
This very strange-looking flower originates from South Asia, where it occurs from Bhutan to Bangladesh. There are more than 500 species in the genus Clerodendrum L. (Family: Lamiaceae), widely distributed … Continue Reading A weird and wonderful plant
Source: Rose of the jungle
I came across this amazing flower – rose of Venezuela, or rose of the jungle – in Bogor Botanical Gardens, Java, Indonesia. It originates from South America, where for millions … Continue Reading Rose of the jungle