The Spider and the Ant

Dear All – having been weighing and counting ants on the Whistling Thorns for some research work related to my PhD. There are a few alates around – these are the winged reproductive forms of ants… Each colony produces many hundreds, even thousands of alates that take off into the sky as part of a … Read more…

Incredible!

Dear All – many thanks for the kind comments and I will respond to some of the questions soon. I just found and photographed the most incredible ‘creepy-crawlies’ in my house this evening.     As I was brushing my teeth, I noticed someone watching me quietly from the corner. The area around my sink … Read more…

Big female, tiny male…

Big female, tiny male! On a recent walk through one of the coastal forests I came across this amazing example of ‘sexual dimorphism’. This is where there are striking differences in size, shape, colour and other features between males and females of the same species. In this case it is a striking example of size-based … Read more…

Unexpected Diversity

This Saturday I visited the Kibera Slum in Nairobi with Paula of WildlifeDirect and her remarkable sister Su Kahumbu, one of Kenya’s most passionate organic farmers who is working very hard to raise awareness about organic farming and other issues related to good farming practices. Isaak, a partial hearing child attached himself to me immediately … Read more…