A Deadly Plant

One of the most interesting creatures that I’ve come across so far in Borneo is actually a little green person – an amazing carnivorous plant. This is a Pitcher Plant, of which there are many different species in Borneo. The name is very apt, as the tips of the leaves are extended into these incredible … Read more

Borneo bugs!

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

Flower or bugs?

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

Strange bedfellows

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

Clever bees!

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

Kasigau jewels

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