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
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!
The bar-throated minla or chestnut-tailed minla (Minla strigula), is a locally common species found in highland areas from northern India to Vietnam (1). It is commonly found on Doi Inthanon, … Continue Reading Beautiful minla
The Man-of-War bird.
Frigatebirds are often called the pirates of the sea, because they rob other birds – such as boobies – of their catches, snatching the fish just as they return to … Continue Reading The Man-of-War bird
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,400 … Continue Reading 2014 in review
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
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. … Continue Reading Galápagos dove
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 … Continue Reading Rocky Rococo the pebbly toad!
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!
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 … Continue Reading Speckled, but inclined to vary!
Butterflies in the genus Acraea – such as the Acraea Elegant, Acraea egina, feed selectively on plants with cyanoglycosides (poisons!) belonging to plant families such as the Passifloraceae (the Passion Flower family). … Continue Reading An elegant model and a natural mimic (with appalling manners!)