Search found 110 matches

by D. Cilia
Thu Aug 26, 2010 12:20 am
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: Argiope lobata
Replies: 4
Views: 13441

Beautiful pictures, xilpa! The 'dead'-looking spider in your picture is not a dead male, but the discarded exoskeleton of the female which has just moulted.
by D. Cilia
Wed Apr 14, 2010 5:25 pm
Forum: Mollusca
Topic: Papillifera papillaris
Replies: 8
Views: 22142

Very nice pictures! It's a very variable snail, both in shell ornament and in size - I myself found the difference between garigue and garden specimens very striking.
by D. Cilia
Wed Apr 14, 2010 4:04 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Orchids
Replies: 5
Views: 9593

beautiful pictures of what arguably are the nicest monocots ever :lol: not from a bee's point of view though!
by D. Cilia
Wed Apr 14, 2010 3:43 pm
Forum: Mollusca
Topic: Pomatias Sulcatus
Replies: 12
Views: 28457

IL-PINE wrote:name now changed to Tudorella sulcata
In fact it's recently been found to be an endemic species, so now it's Tudorella melitense (Sowerby, 1843). Things are changing quickly since DNA barcoding came into common use.
by D. Cilia
Wed Apr 14, 2010 3:40 pm
Forum: Mollusca
Topic: Homalopoma sanguineum
Replies: 1
Views: 9312

Very nice shell indeed, one only needs to look at a fresh specimen to understand the 'sanguineum' epithet.
by D. Cilia
Wed Apr 14, 2010 3:39 pm
Forum: Mollusca
Topic: Papillifera papillaris
Replies: 8
Views: 22142

xilpa wrote:Loads of them stuck to the wall in my garden but I have never seen one move, they all look dead.
Try looking when the weather is damp, they should be foraging around for algae and lichens.
by D. Cilia
Sat Jan 31, 2009 11:36 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: RB article about the Red Palm Weevil
Replies: 10
Views: 22299

I saw that letter as well, had no idea it was you RB. Agreed, nothing is natural at all about this pest spreading in the Maltese Islands. Like the Oxalis tragedy it will probably run its course and alter the ecology irreversibly. I think the RPW should be genetically modified to prefer agave instead...
by D. Cilia
Sat Jan 31, 2009 11:29 pm
Forum: Mollusca
Topic: Kuphus melitensis
Replies: 3
Views: 11158

Very interesting photographs. I've seen LCL samples along the southern rdum of Malta absolutely riddled with this species' tubes. Also look out for Strombus casts which are also very commonly associated with Kuphus' presence.
by D. Cilia
Sun May 04, 2008 11:46 pm
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: caterpillar
Replies: 6
Views: 18220

Amazing, thanks.
by D. Cilia
Thu May 01, 2008 7:07 am
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: caterpillar
Replies: 6
Views: 18220

Its head looks as if it belongs to some kind of hawkmoth. 'Death's head' type has extremely variable larval patterns, but then I don't see the 'horn' on its posterior which hawkmoth caterpillars usually have. Best method would have been to collect the caterpillar with some of the lelluxa and wait fo...
by D. Cilia
Thu Apr 24, 2008 10:53 am
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: A rather alert mustard butterfly
Replies: 8
Views: 18677

Speaking of butterflies, I'd love it if anyone could post a picture of a Danaus taken in Malta. I've never had success in seeing one, so far. Also, has anyone ever come across its caterpillars?
by D. Cilia
Wed Apr 23, 2008 9:34 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: some IDs needed please
Replies: 5
Views: 11378

RB wrote:
D. Cilia wrote:They are quite attractive as you undoubtedly also noticed.

RB
Indeed! I'm no expert, but these little plants have always fascinated me.
by D. Cilia
Wed Apr 23, 2008 11:41 am
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: some IDs needed please
Replies: 5
Views: 11378

Wow, thanks! Is that sedum particularly uncommon?
by D. Cilia
Wed Apr 23, 2008 11:40 am
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: waiting-for-ornamentals-quiz
Replies: 7
Views: 18969

Manwel Dimech, of course! No idea about the apple/ prunus hybrid though . :-D
by D. Cilia
Tue Apr 22, 2008 11:04 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: some IDs needed please
Replies: 5
Views: 11378

some IDs needed please

What about these? Thanks in advance.
by D. Cilia
Sat Apr 19, 2008 3:37 pm
Forum: Ornamentals and cultivated plants in Malta
Topic: announcement for "Ornamental Plants of Malta"
Replies: 40
Views: 73586

MWP admin wrote:We have to wait a few days more. Have you checked from the same shop? (Ex-sapienza?)
Yes, since (used to) I get most of the literature I need from there. We'll have to wait, indeed.
by D. Cilia
Thu Apr 17, 2008 9:58 pm
Forum: Ornamentals and cultivated plants in Malta
Topic: announcement for "Ornamental Plants of Malta"
Replies: 40
Views: 73586

MWP admin wrote:I checked a week ago from Sapienza (Valletta) but they did not have it :-(
Did that just today before I saw this thread, what a coincidence! Not available yet. And it's not called Sapienza's anymore either...
by D. Cilia
Wed Apr 09, 2008 11:53 am
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Hairy orchid....
Replies: 17
Views: 25638

Wow! Congratulations MWP, will you upload the full record anytime soon?
by D. Cilia
Sat Apr 05, 2008 12:31 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: some images
Replies: 5
Views: 19390

ok, thanks! do you know the limonium species as well?
by D. Cilia
Fri Apr 04, 2008 11:28 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: some images
Replies: 5
Views: 19390

some images

Some attractive plants with a couple of uncommon species, enjoy!
by D. Cilia
Thu Apr 03, 2008 10:56 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Hairy orchid....
Replies: 17
Views: 25638

MWP admin wrote:It is much more common than it is thought
I'll have to look harder then, I've never seen one...
by D. Cilia
Sun Mar 30, 2008 2:39 am
Forum: Ornamentals and cultivated plants in Malta
Topic: announcement for "Ornamental Plants of Malta"
Replies: 40
Views: 73586

excellent news :!: :!:
by D. Cilia
Mon Mar 24, 2008 10:50 pm
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: Heteropteran
Replies: 6
Views: 18999

Yes, that is Capsodes! Very frequent on squill and asphodel (the so-called Ermes habitat). Keep those pics coming!
by D. Cilia
Sun Mar 23, 2008 11:41 pm
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: Heteropteran
Replies: 6
Views: 18999

Hmmm no... those bugs are more orange-reddish and instantly recognizable. It might a be an uncommon species as I've never seen like it. Did you take any note of the plant it was on?
by D. Cilia
Sat Mar 22, 2008 7:10 pm
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: Sex on the garigue
Replies: 9
Views: 20863

Tetralonia for sure! Great dynamic picture, pity about that big 'C' on i but of course I understand the reasons. I'd say that the males compete more for the female attention in nature than vice-versa, and usually they look much more beautiful. In humans it's definitely the females which are FAR mor...
by D. Cilia
Sat Mar 22, 2008 7:04 pm
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: another one
Replies: 13
Views: 27174

The area where I live was full of them up to some years ago, I remember sitting out with my bro at dusk and trying to count them as they flitted past. With great sadness I have to say I rarely see them anymore due to the building 'developments' (hah) which have taken place in my area since then. MWP...
by D. Cilia
Sat Mar 22, 2008 7:01 pm
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: Heteropteran
Replies: 6
Views: 18999

family Ligaenidae, no idea beyond that though! welcome back conch!!
by D. Cilia
Sat Mar 22, 2008 6:58 pm
Forum: Reptiles and Amphibians
Topic: swimming creature at wied incita
Replies: 2
Views: 13323

Indeed MWP, that's the larva of a dipteran the name of which eludes me right now. The artificial stream in the 'chinese'-styled garden at university was full of them last November.
by D. Cilia
Sat Mar 22, 2008 5:46 am
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: 4 quizzies
Replies: 22
Views: 44076

what a cute little critter 8) probably Philaenus sp., difficult to identify though!
by D. Cilia
Sat Mar 22, 2008 5:43 am
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: A rather alert mustard butterfly
Replies: 8
Views: 18677

looks like Maniola jurtina. nice photo!