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A grand day out

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

Photos of the week: pyjama bugs on wild carrot

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

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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