As you probably know by now, I absolutely love bees and I am both trying to base my career on them and spend my free time studying them. 🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝 Since finishing university I have been spending my time researching both bees and how to create a good habitat for them in the form of wildlife […]
When monarch butterflies wing their way south to central Mexico each fall, they use the sun to ensure that they stay on course. But how they head in the right direction on cloudy days has been a mystery—until now. It turns out they use Earth’s magnetic field as a kind of backup navigational system. It’s […]
The Giant Weta, photo by Mark Moffett/Corbis You know that scene in the newish King Kong where those folks get eaten alive in a pit of giant insects? It’s a damn character assassination, through and through. The huge cricket-like bugs among them are based on the giant weta, the heaviest reliably reported insect on Earth, […]
Coeliades pisistratus The Two-pip Policeman butterfly is a denizen of coastal bush and savanna habitats, occurring from Kwazulu-Natal through Mpumalanga, Limpopo, Gauteng and North West to the Free State and eastern portions of the Northern Cape Province. Furthermore it is found widely over the remainder of sub-Saharan Africa in similar habitats. Eggs are laid singly […]
The BBC reports From slugs to spiders and bees to bottlenose dolphins – Wales is proving a haven for many species. Its varied landscape and mild climate make Wales among Europe’s “best wildlife-watching secrets”, according to the Wildlife Trust. Those secrets include a spider only found in Welsh caves, a fly unique to a north […]
The first creature that caught my eye on the first day of 2019 and caused me to pick up my camera, was this garden orb spider. Its complex round web was strung across the vertical spikes of a Common Rush (Juncus effusus) next to our garden pond.
Papilio (Princeps) demodocus The large Citrus Swallowtail butterfly (wingspan of 9 to 13cm) commonly occurs all over South Africa as well as the rest of the continent south of the Sahara, inhabiting a wide variety of habitats. They are strong fliers, often pausing on flowers and at mud puddles. Though they may be encountered throughout […]