Insect life during summer is wonderful and i come across several different species during walks etc...
I know lots of you are depressed right now because of the lack of plant life and all so i decided to post a pic of a beautiful flower i've never encountered before that i saw last week.
Cheer up dudes and some help is needed to id those insects.
And finally don't forget to read the new Harry Potter book, the greatest book ever...............
- Nice flowers. Look like a wizard's hat. BEAUTIFUL.
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- Another beetle feeding on a flower.
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- A nice 2 cm beetle
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- Quite a small and common moth.
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I think the big 2cm bug is the black flower scarab.
There are so many species missing in our books about fauna!
Just yesterday evening i found another moth i've never seen before and i couldn't find it on any book.
Here's the pic:
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- Nice moth well camouflaged yes so camouflaged i didn't see it in any book!:evil:
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Yes burnt fields, garigues even trees are unfortunately becoming to common a site today. I can tell you not only the flora is affected by these acts or (mishaps!)<----(yeah right!).
Yes one day i shall have to write a huge book dedicated only to fauna.
10q wolf and pine!
this phenomenon occurs on bigger scale say in portugal and italy so i suppose we have to have one or two sickos with their version of "forest fires"
makes me sick really
Without fire, there would be less variety of habitats. Of course everything in moderation...
As to the cause of these fires, simple. Many of these fires are started by hunters, so that they can see rabbits better.
OK... over to you now!
The delphinium is found on our website (search on the violet pics!) and the link is here:
http://www.maltawildplants.com/RANU/Del ... ratum.html
No book, but a website instead . I invite you and everyone to share pics of insects, fungi and animals from the maltese islands. All copyright reserved to the photographer. Conch is already working on this. More on this in October.
Wolf / RB / Conch:
It is difficult to say if accidental or intentional, becasue for example rounded glass can act as a lens and cause fire. Good job in reporting the event on the ramblers site. We are genuinely revealing what is going on our islands perhaps something will move in favour to environment some day.
In some case fire is good to vegetation, while in other cases is not good, depending to what species where present in the burnt patch. For example if there was a lot of Galactites tometosa burnt away, several heat-resistant bulbous plants and seeds would get rid of the competition, but what if there was non fire-tolerant rare species?! In general I would prefer the do-not-disturb-nature idea.
Certainly, residential fauna would have preferred no fire at all.
I am new to this forum, and my speciality is lepidoptera (butterflies and moths) both from Malta and the rest of Europe and North Africa.
The moth pictured by Conchiolin is a Hellula undalis, a very common species that flies during the summer. The larvae feeds on plants from the Cruciferae family.