Early Bumblebee (Bombus pratorum) on a stick in Spain (Galicia) in early April
The Rainbow Eucalyptus tree is a strikingly colourful eucalypt which originated from South East Asia (the native distribution covered: New Britain, New Guinea, Ceram, Sulawesi and Mindanao) (1). It is a member … Continue Reading Rainbow tree
Dandelions (Taraxacum officinale) are so common that they are easy to take for granted; but look closer and you will see an amazing organism (perhaps even a super-organism) so well adapted … Continue Reading Dandelions are born survivors!
Chiang Dao Mountain.
Doi (meaning mountain) Chiang Dao is the third highest mountain in Thailand, at 2,195 metres above sea level. It is one of the most beautiful in my opinion and the … Continue Reading Chiang Dao Mountain
Six blue tepals and some nectar thieves!.
Spring Squill is a lovely perennial wild flower, with lilac-blue or violet-coloured flowers which emerge each Spring from the underground bulbs. It can be found all along the north and west coasts … Continue Reading Six blue tepals and some nectar thieves!
Yellow-legged gulls (YLG) have probably been around for quite a long time, but they have only recently been recognised by us humans as deserving a species of their own! Larus michahellis. Not … Continue Reading Yellow legs and a yellow bill!
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!
These early flowering Irises both share the same species name – bulbocodium – which means ‘wooly bulb’ or ‘wool covered bulb’. Presumably because they share the same sort of furry bulb … Continue Reading Two wooly bulbs!
The common daisy is a lovely little flower when you look closely. Cannot help but love them! Each little white petal is part of an individual flower, or floret, together … Continue Reading Lovely little daisies!
Whilst I was waiting for a flight back to London at the small airport at La Coruna, in northwest Spain, I went for a walk outside the terminal building and … Continue Reading A malee of mating frogs
Prince Charles has drawn attention to the ‘barbaric slaughter’ of song birds which occurs in Cyprus during the migration season (1). Although blackcaps are a traditional delicacy on Cyprus – … Continue Reading Mediterranean song bird slaughter
Bocage’s Wall Lizard (Podarcis bocagei), is another lizard which is endemic to (only found there in) the northwestern Iberian Peninsula. The adult males and females are sexually dichromatic – meaning … Continue Reading Bocage’s wall lizards turn green when mated
I knocked tentatively on the door. “Come in, come in” said the voice. I noticed the faded sign saying ‘GOD’ in large gold lettering. “Don’t be shy; what can I … Continue Reading A story
Schreiber’s green lizard (latin name Lacerta schreiberi) is only found in the northwestern part of the Iberian Peninsula: that is in both central/northern Portugal and northwest Spain. There are also some … Continue Reading Schreiber’s green lizard – going blue in the face!