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
I like to try to capture insects in flight – but it is not always easy! These two photographs are not great (I am not sure if the shutter speed … Continue Reading Flap happy!
This strange butterfly is a member of the family Lycaenidae; one usually associated with blues, coppers and hairstreaks. There are however, a group of butterflies in the subfamily Miletinae which … Continue Reading A jaggedy edged butterfly
Birds in a bog!.
Any regular readers of this blog – if there are any – may recognise this scene, which is based on a photograph used in one of my previous blogs (Natural … Continue Reading Birds in a bog!
Paris Peacock butterfly scales.
The tropical Paris Peacock (Papilio paris) butterfly – not to be confused with the temperate or European Peacock ( (Inachis io) – is widely distributed throughout India and South East Asia. This … Continue Reading Paris Peacock butterfly scales
What stands out most about this butterfly are its bright yellow eyes. I don’t know what function the yellow has, if any, but it offers a beautiful contrast to the … Continue Reading A multi-frocked courtesan!
This rhododendron is known as the ‘the thousand year old rose’ in Thailand, and for all I know they really do grow for a millennium. The Latin name is Rhododendron … Continue Reading The thousand year old rose
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 beautiful plant is a Thailand endemic (only found there) which occurs towards the top of mountains, such as Doi Inthanon and Doi Chiang Dao, in northern Thailand. The plant … Continue Reading Rhododendron ludwigianum
A Ria is is a coastal inlet or flooded river valley. The word ría in Galician and is related to the word río (for river). There are many Ria or rías … Continue Reading Ria de Ortigueira – a special place!
Twelve linnets and two green finches on a gorse bush by the Ria Ortigueira, Galicia, Spain
I came across this bird when I visited Wat Tham Pha Plong at the base of Doi Chiang Dao, a lovely mountain north of Chiang Mai, Thailand. It was the … Continue Reading Feisty pheasant!