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
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
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
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!
The Beautiful Demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo meridionalis) is a European damselfy which likes small, fast flowing streams and rivers. The female has a metallic greenish-bronze body and brown or russet coloured wings. … Continue Reading A beautiful damsel in a lovely spot!
An antlion ate my ice cream!.
Well not really, but it’s a catchy title! Antlions live in sandy places like beaches, and eat ants and other insects which have the misfortune to slip and fall into … Continue Reading An antlion ate my ice cream!
The blue-winged grasshopper (Oedipoda caerulescens) is not found in the UK, as far as I know, but has a wide distribution in Europe and Asia. It is a cryptic species, … Continue Reading Variable grasshopper
This little butterfly is a member of the family Pieridae, and has a wide distribution which covers Southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent. I took this photograph in northern Thailand. … Continue Reading A wandering snowflake
It must be galling to be covered in these! Sorry for the schoolboy pun but they do not look very attractive do they?! These so-called nail galls are caused … Continue Reading A galling mite!
This lovely beetle, whose full name is Coraliomela quadrimaculata, is a leaf-mining leaf beetle with a fondness for palms and coconut trees. It is found in South America, so we … Continue Reading A lovely beetle, but a bit of a pest!
I was first attracted to these insects by the dancing patterns on the river bottom as I walked along the Rio Sor (of which more in another blog) in Galicia, … Continue Reading Pond skaters on the Rio Sor