Dear All, Hello – many greetings from Borneo, where I have been for the last couple of weeks. The forests, rivers and mountains here are simply amazing and home to an incredible array of species. The insects in particular are very striking and wonderful. Among the most dramatic of the insects were these Lantern Bugs … Read more
Hi – another snippet from the rainforest. Walking back along one of the trails, I spotted this interesting cluster of ‘buds’ – that are actually a group of bugs that mimic flowers. Each of the ‘buds’ is actually a separate individual insect! Together they make up one of the most intriguing examples with some individuals … Read more
Was watching a speck of light this morning dancing in the cool, bright air… A closer look revealed this amazing little creature – A Hoverfly warming up for the day!
Dear All Hello – thanks for your comments and sorry have been deep in the bush with limited internet access. Was just in the Kakamega Forest and found lots of interesting ants about. Did you know that throughout your entire life you are never more than 2 feet from an ant? One of the most … Read more
Dear All Just a quick note to share some photos of a very interesting butterfly. This is a Hutchinson’s Silverspot – I found it a couple of days ago flitting about some acacias. They fly very very fast and only after several attempts was I able to sneak close enough for a few seconds and … Read more
Dear All – Hello – thanks for the kind comments and glad that the bee photos were of interest. Here is another picture showing two of the bees that were feeding on the flowers sleeping. Bees often sleep in small aggregations – especially the males. However, in this instance I found two different species sharing … Read more
Dear All – greetings from the flowering bush in northern Kenya. I’ve just been looking at some interesting bees and other insects visiting a delicate flowering herb (Orthosiphon) that has come up after the rains. It grows in the dappled shade of acacia trees and forms a dense tangle of pale lilac flowers borne on … Read more
Dear All – more from the amazing trip to Tsavo. Just as we were leaving Tsavo West we met these two spotted ‘bugs’ along the road!
Hello – just back from Tsavo and Mt Kasigau – the whole place is green and full of flowers thanks to the rains. Found two amazing butterflies on Mt Kasigau. The butterfly above is an Iolaus, one of Kenya’s most striking butterflies that lives in forests and lays its eggs on misteltoes – parasites of … Read more
Dear All – sorry have been travelling with limited net access. Here is a lovely leaf-cutter bee from northern Kenya – more soon!