A grand day out

June 20, 2018

Here’s a strange thing: I’ve got visitors from the UK, so I’m going out and having fun. We went to the rum factory at Puerto Espindola This is a place I sometimes visit with a cruise ship excursion. It felt very different in a group of just 4, with no fixed timetable to follow. Then we went down to San Andres where we visited the limn kiln and I finally…

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Photos of the week: pyjama bugs on wild carrot

Graphosoma interruptum (pyjama bug) on Daucus carota (wild carrot) Brena Baja, La Palma island
June 17, 2018

These really are bugs in the technical sense: they’re insects in the order Hemiptera, which are called “true bugs”, or “Chinche” in Spanish. These particular ones are pyjamas bugs (because of the stripes, I presume) Graphosoma interruptum. They’re about 12mm long. They’re all on wild carrot, Daucus carota. Most of the plants around here are going to seed now. I even found one pair mating. at least I think that’s…

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Photos of the week: retama del pico

June 10, 2018

Spartocytisus supranubius or Cytisus supranubius is the broom which grows above the clouds on the peaks of La Palma and Teide. They’re coming into flower now, and I love the touches of pink before the flowers fully open. This morning I was up at the observatory to show a group around Gran Telescopio Canarias and I took the chance to photograph the broom. Somehow this turned into yet more photos…

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