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Gulf Fritillary butterflies are quite clever in protecting themselves because if they see a predator they will release a chemical that the predators do not like and over time these predators have learned to avoid this species of butterfly. The females are larger than the males also they are usually darker in colour and are marked with more black streaks. The adult butterflies get nectar from many different flowers and they enjoy moderately sunny areas near open grassland, parks and woodland. The female butterfly lays the eggs one by one on different host plants and the colour of the eggs are yellow when laid and then they gradually turn a brownish red over the next 24 hours. Another name for the Gulf Fritillary is the ‘Passion Butterfly’.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Tags:   Butterfly Gulf Fritillary Agraulis vanilla Chemical Avoids Protecting Dark Colour Females Larger Sunny Area Fritillary Passion Butterfly Insect Insects

N 16 B 254 C 56 E Dec 2, 2019 F May 27, 2020
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The Plumed Cockscomb flowers in mid spring to summer and can be propagated by collecting the seeds which are extremely small, the plant is of tropical origin and it grows better in full sun light, some people class this plant as a troublesome weed but I think they are quite pretty, the flowers can last up to 8 weeks.

Tags:   Flower Close Up Macro Plumed Cockscomb Celosia argentea Wild Propogte Seeds Full Sun Troublesome Full Sun Light Light 8 Weeks Tropical Origin

N 18 B 453 C 77 E Dec 1, 2019 F May 19, 2020
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The Common Myna bird is also known as the Indian Myna bird which are native to Asia. They have quite a lot of different calls which include croaks, squawks, chirps, clicks and whistles and quite often the bird fluffs its feathers and bobs its head while making these calls. The bird will screech warnings to its mate or other birds if a predator approaches or when it decides to fly off. These birds are believed to mate for life, also they appear to breed throughout much of the year depending on their location, and they build nests in holes in trees or walls. They lay around 4 to 6 eggs and the incubation period is 17 to 18 days, they fledge when they are between 22 to 24 days old. They feed on insects, crustaceans, reptiles, small mammals, seeds, grains and fruits, it is also a cross pollinator of flowers. The photograph was taken in Thailand.

Tags:   Common Myna Acridotheres tristis Indian Myna Bird Asia Thailand Croaks Squawks Chirps Clicks Whistles Fluff its Feathers Egg Eggs Pollinator Juvenile November Visit In November

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I have been trying to get some information on the Giant White butterfly and I feel sure that the butterfly in the photograph is female. You will mostly find the eggs and caterpillars of the Giant White butterfly are in clusters, they usually lay between 30 and 100 on the underside of leaves. The caterpillars are normally clustered together until near maturity when they separate out and move to other parts of the plant or on to other plants. The young caterpillars are small and yellowish with shiny black heads, as the caterpillars grow they start showing dark spots on their body, when they get older you again find changes taking place and they become speckled black and greyish green with three yellow lines along their bodies and lots of pale hairs. When they are fully grown they are approximately 50mm long.

Tags:   Giant White Ganyra Josephina Butterfly Giant Female Spots Dark Spots Crescent Insect Close Up Macro Holiday Dominican Republic

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The Black-Crowned Palm-Tanager is predominately found in the Dominican Republic whereas the Grey-crowned Palm-Tanager is predominately found in Haiti but they can and do overlap across the island. These birds usually forage in pairs or small family groups, frequently signalling to each other with a soft squeaky chip or re-aaau call which is sometimes described as a kitten meowing. They forage for food in trees and shrubs and it moves slowly with the occasional flick of its tail as it inspects holes and crevices for food, they have strong feet enabling them to cling to almost anything. They enjoy a good variety of food which includes seeds, fruits and small lizards they even eat bread which has been thrown to them and it also has the habit of feeding on the honeydew secreted by scale insects. This lovely little bird is endemic to the island of Hispaniola and the photograph was taken in the Dominican Republic.

Tags:   Black-Crowned Palm-Tanager Phaenicophilus palmarum Bird Hispaniola Dominican Republic Forage Food Crowned Palm-Tanager Pairs Family Group Trees Shrubs Tail Flick Strong Feet Seeds Fruits Small Lizards Honeydew Insects


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