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by robcar
Fri Oct 19, 2007 11:22 pm
Forum: News + Announcements
Topic: Nature in Gozo (J.J.Borg, E.Lanfranco, J. Sultana)
Replies: 10
Views: 27814

Thanks - I was in aestivation :)
by robcar
Fri Oct 19, 2007 4:25 pm
Forum: News + Announcements
Topic: Nature in Gozo (J.J.Borg, E.Lanfranco, J. Sultana)
Replies: 10
Views: 27814

I have just bought the book - it really is a very good (and inexpensive) book - congratulations to Birdlife Malta, authors and photographers - you have done an excellent job - photos are really top quality - the book is definitely a must for all those interested in local biodiversity.
by robcar
Tue Oct 16, 2007 5:50 pm
Forum: News + Announcements
Topic: Nature in Gozo (J.J.Borg, E.Lanfranco, J. Sultana)
Replies: 10
Views: 27814

Will definitely be buying it... and very soon :)
by robcar
Tue Oct 16, 2007 5:40 pm
Forum: Ornamentals and cultivated plants in Malta
Topic: announcement for "Ornamental Plants of Malta"
Replies: 40
Views: 75267

It will definitely be a superb christmas gift and will hopefully fill up a particularly large empty space within the botany section of my brain - I am utterly hopeless at recognising ornamentals and know next to nothing about them... it will be very much appreciated
by robcar
Thu Aug 23, 2007 11:09 am
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: Maltese Swallowtail Butterfly
Replies: 7
Views: 15495

Well the caterpillar of the spurge hawkmoth cannot be ignored either - a pretty spectacular fellow he is :!:
by robcar
Wed May 23, 2007 4:53 pm
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: Large Colourful Wasp
Replies: 6
Views: 12329

Conchiolin, you are getting prettier as you grow up!
by robcar
Mon May 21, 2007 5:16 pm
Forum: Ornamentals and cultivated plants in Malta
Topic: Another tree from Buskett - Cottony fruit!
Replies: 13
Views: 20995

Boq - the leaves look very much like Pistacia lentiscus
by robcar
Tue May 08, 2007 7:02 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: Cape sorrel. The new version?
Replies: 13
Views: 35246

That is not the Cape sorrel (Oxalis pes-caprae) but rather the Creeping wood Sorrel (Oxalis corniculata) - it is quite frequent in late Spring
by robcar
Sun May 06, 2007 7:43 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Thistle trouble
Replies: 11
Views: 13451

Yep wolf, you are very right indeed- I know that it is the wrong attitude and that they are actually pretty nice plants Regarding G.tomentosa, it is a bore but the problem is not the plant in itself but rather the way in which human activities are affecting habitats - it is after all a plant that is...
by robcar
Sat May 05, 2007 11:06 am
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Thistle trouble
Replies: 11
Views: 13451

For me - dawk kollha xewk - hopeless at thistles - they tend to be summer plants when I am in botanical aestivation
by robcar
Sun Apr 15, 2007 10:50 pm
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: Moth
Replies: 5
Views: 10727

Thanks robcar not pine :lol: :lol:
by robcar
Sun Apr 15, 2007 10:49 pm
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: Maltese Swallowtail Butterfly
Replies: 7
Views: 15495

Nice pic - pity the fellow was in a rather tattered condition - the photo would have been even better
by robcar
Sun Apr 15, 2007 10:48 pm
Forum: Ornamentals and cultivated plants in Malta
Topic: A living form of a fancy Cleaning broom !!
Replies: 4
Views: 10866

I will definitely buy it as soon as it hits the shops here
by robcar
Sun Apr 15, 2007 10:45 pm
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: MWP Quiz 39 - Ornamental escape
Replies: 5
Views: 17588

Well, it is then good for us that you are so busy :-D
by robcar
Sun Apr 15, 2007 10:44 pm
Forum: Questions and Requests
Topic: For Jackpot
Replies: 7
Views: 19266

I also photographed this thing near Mgarr Gozo
by robcar
Sun Apr 15, 2007 5:39 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: Tulipa, missed again
Replies: 13
Views: 25099

Well - sort of ok :wink: This is what I think although I am definitely no expert on micropropagation - In general I say no micropropagation unless absolutely necessary - eg for growing orchids from seeds in vitro . However, although perhaps not absolutely necessary micropropagation may also be very ...
by robcar
Sat Apr 14, 2007 12:42 pm
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: Moth
Replies: 5
Views: 10727

There are six species of hawk moth in Malta (excluding another one which has only been recorded a couple of times) - two of these are somewhat similar to the one in your photo (Hyles sp.) Your photo is not the endemic H. sammuti (H.tithymali sammuti) - it is in fact Hyles livornica (Striped hawk mot...
by robcar
Wed Apr 04, 2007 10:29 am
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Exotic Plant (that'w what i think)
Replies: 19
Views: 28631

Congrats conchiolin for your new Avatar! 8) Simply the best!
by robcar
Mon Apr 02, 2007 11:53 am
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Exotic Plant (that'w what i think)
Replies: 19
Views: 28631

I don't think that there is any reason to declare war on this plant - it may be difficult to remove and can be a pest in some gardens and yards - so if it bothers you guys in your gardens, go ahead and attack it. However, although it may be a pest in such places, it is more or less confined to small...
by robcar
Mon Apr 02, 2007 9:47 am
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: Tragopogon - Salsify
Replies: 8
Views: 20628

Should be Tragopogon hybridus - scarce or rare (info from Weber) - I have never come across it myself
by robcar
Mon Mar 26, 2007 6:42 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Plantago ??? - never met before
Replies: 3
Views: 5919

Carex sp, probably Carex flacca - I had posted a picture of what looks to be the same plant for identification quite some time ago - in fact it was my first post on the forum

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by robcar
Wed Mar 14, 2007 8:14 pm
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: MWP Quiz 35
Replies: 4
Views: 9676

Even I only met it only once last year - it was growing in a patch of dust on the tarmac of our parking area at work :!:
by robcar
Wed Mar 14, 2007 8:12 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Hyacinth variation
Replies: 15
Views: 16123

It is not B. romana - looks like Muscari commosum
by robcar
Sun Mar 11, 2007 6:37 pm
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: MWP Quiz 35
Replies: 4
Views: 9676

I think that it is Silene nocturna
by robcar
Sun Mar 11, 2007 12:19 pm
Forum: How to Improve our Environment
Topic: More illegalities in Munxar Gozo before local elections
Replies: 10
Views: 22702

agree 100% - there is a general apathy from the public about environmental matters, from both older and young people (of course not everybody) - the life of many seems to revolve just around parties, playstations, their mp3, their car and of course their sex life ...) - if those are ok everything is...
by robcar
Sat Mar 10, 2007 4:48 pm
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: MWP Quiz 33 - look what I found!
Replies: 9
Views: 15550

Nice new profile (I guess it is new since I have never come across it before) - photographed against the light (as shown in the quiz photo) it does look different from a the rest of the O. fusca group However in the more 'normal' photos it does look rather similar to the rest of the group - I do not...
by robcar
Sat Mar 10, 2007 4:16 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Mathiola incana subsp. melitensis confirmation
Replies: 3
Views: 6422

Yes, it must be Matthiola incana subsp. melitensis - Is this somewhere around the Dwejra area (Gozo) ? - there are quite some large plants over there.
by robcar
Sat Mar 10, 2007 4:08 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Hippocrepis biflora
Replies: 4
Views: 7039

Why not Hippocrepis multisiliquosa?
by robcar
Fri Mar 09, 2007 7:47 pm
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: Set of stamps to Enjoy (and a bonus game)
Replies: 4
Views: 9663

A mistake is the scientific name of Orkida piramidali ta' Malta which should be A. urvilleana not A. pyramidalis

I hope it is the only one :!:
by robcar
Thu Mar 08, 2007 6:04 pm
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: MWP Quiz 33 - look what I found!
Replies: 9
Views: 15550

Then it is O. caesiella?