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