Mysterious wasp…

As many of you know who read this blog, a lot of my time is spent watching the amazing interactions of insects on the ant-acacias. The other day I found this incredible wasp inspecting the swollen thorns. The long pointy-thing is her ovipositor (egg-laying device). With this she lays her eggs – inside the bodies … Read more

Hungry visitor…

With the forest fires burning in different parts of Kenya and high winds blowing day and night, some unusual insects have been blown our way. This mantid arrived this evening and settled down near a light to feast on tiny moths and flies that were drawn there too!Thanks to everyone for the kinds comments! More … Read more

Love bugs…

Hello – As the rains approach East Africa, many insects are courting and mating. The most ardent lovers in the insect world are no doubt the ‘Love Bugs’ who spend hours and hours mating. They are actually flies in the family Bibionidae. This pair had picked Ngorongoro crater in Tanzania for their romantic getaway. The … Read more

A fortune teller?

This morning we were blessed with rain. Just before dawn the skies poured down on the plains. What a relief to wake to drops dripping from everything – leaves washed fresh and birds singing with renewed energy. As I waited by some flowers for a bee to appear, I felt something tickling the palm of … Read more