Insects

Bee day

Honey Bees, the huge Carpenter Bees and others were merrily feasting on nectar or collecting pollen as the sun shone down at lunchtime. Quite full leg pouches some of them....
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Birds

Nisperos and other oddments

It is quite colourful at the moment with Bougainvillea and Jacaranda in bloom, as well as numerous wild flowers. Some fruits are also ripe for picking, such as the Nispero or Loquat, Eriobotrya japonica, a very tasty fruit. The nearby town of Sayalonga even has a fiesta called Dia del Nispero - Day of the Nispero. Who says, 'any excuse...
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Insects

Spiders and ants

Wandering along a narrow path through dense undergrowth I came across a couple of nice webs. This first sprawling spider web was a beautiful golden colour, particularly when caught by the sunlight. Quite a large web with a large arachnid in residence. No idea what species it is, though. This second arachnid was also large, although much more slender...
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Insects

Termite mounds, wasp nests and other bits

There is always something new to learn. Not that I have ever really given termite mounds any thought whatsoever until I saw some and did a bit of research. The mounds apparently result when the underground ‘nest’ expands and they can reach up to nine metres in height, although the normal is around two metres or so. The mounds...
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