Hairy Flower wasp

You would not know, just by looking at this wasp – a Hairy Flower wasp – that it lays its eggs on beetle larvae living underground. Although the adults feed on nectar, the larvae feed on – are parasites of – the grubs of scarab beetles (Scarabaeidae). In some situations – because beetle larvae can…

Denizens of the dappled forest: butterflies

Last October (2017) I had the pleasure of spending a few days in a delightful bungalow at Malee’e Nature Lovers Bungalows; a delightful resort, nestled under shadow of Doi Chiang Dao, Thailand’s third highest mountain (2,175 m). The attraction of this temporary abode was that it overlooked a little wood, beside a stream (below). A quiet place where…

A common or garden lizard!

I am very fond of these lizards, which are common and easy to see in Thailand and elsewhere in Asia. The Changeable or Oriental Garden lizard, Calotes versicolor is a widespread lizard in Asia, from Iran to the Philippines, often seen in parks and gardens. It is very adaptable and prolific and has had no trouble in…

Tigers in the grass: milkweeds and mimicry

One of the pleasures of trying to photograph butterflies, is that you never know what you might find. One afternoon last November (2017) in northern Thailand, as the sun was setting over the nearby mountain (Doi Chiang Dao), I came across two beautiful butterflies – fairly common species – stocking up on nectar before the sun…