Brown-headed gull (Larus brunnicephalus) is a migratory species, which in summer breeds in central Asia (mainly on the high Tibetian plateau), but in winter can be found on the coasts of … Continue Reading Brown-headed gulls at Bang Poo
Merendera montana (L.) is a small, autumn-flowering plant, largely endemic to the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal). It is a member of the lily family (Liliaceae) and is widespread and common … Continue Reading The lily and the voles
Zebra doves (Geopelia striata) are small ground doves found throughout South East Asia. They are commonly seen in parks and gardens where they walk about with a slow and purposeful … Continue Reading Zebra doves: an appreciation
Tree sparrows (Passer montanus) are rather special birds in the Family ‘little brown jobs’ (!), having declined drastically in numbers in the United Kingdom since the 1970s, most probably as … Continue Reading In praise of LBJs (Tree sparrows)
I came across these butterflies feeding on poinsettias in early November (2013) when I visited the headquarters of the Doi Suthep-Pui National Park, Chiang Mai, Thailand. The butterfly is the … Continue Reading Thai Cruiser feeding on poinsettia flowers
I chased this butterfly along a road in Chiang Mai Zoo, last November (2013). It eventually landed on a fallen log and I was able to get this picture of … Continue Reading Jacintha Eggfly (Hypolimnas bolina)
The Ang Ka Nature Study trail is a ca. 360 mm wooden boardwalk near the top of Doi Inthanon, the highest mountain in Thailand (2,565m), which was reportedly designed by … Continue Reading Ang Ka Nature Trail – Doi Inthanon
Potter wasps make beautifully crafted pot-shaped nests out of mud and saliva: nature’s own potters! They are solitary insects and lay one or more eggs inside the nests (or pots) … Continue Reading A potter wasp – Phimenes flavopictus
When we look at beautifully camouflaged insects, such as certain butterfly species which look so much like the leaves or vegetation of their environment, we sometimes forget that they are … Continue Reading Camouflage – in whose eyes?
Many butterflies we see happily flying around are not perfect specimens! Far from it; they often have chunks missing from their wings; presumably as a result of some lucky escape … Continue Reading Predation on butterflies
The Southern Monarch butterfly, Danaus erippus (= Danaus plexippus erippus), is found in tropical and subtropical latitudes of South America, including Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay Argentina, Bolivia, Chile and Peru. The larvae feed on a … Continue Reading The Southern Monarch butterfly.
Doi Inthanon is the highest mountain in Thailand with the summit being 2,565 meters above the sea level. It is a beautiful natural park in northern Thailand (Chiang Mai province) … Continue Reading Kew Mae Pan, Nature Trail – Doi Inthanon National Park
This large wasp came flying around the corner like a helicopter and landed on the bank beside me. It was large and beautifully coloured, with toffee-brown legs and antennae and … Continue Reading A two tone wasp
We all know that proboscises (or is it probosci?!) are what butterflies use to suck up nectar – upon which they feed; but it is only when you look very … Continue Reading The proboscis – a very versatile instrument