Do you know of Cassowaries? They are lovely, enormous, dinosauric (made that one up) birds on north-eastern Australia. There are two species (both of which are endangered), but there used to be three. The third is extinct. (I told the Aboriginal story about the Cassowary in the sky here, and there is a poem about […]
Hornworm caterpillars are moth larvae of the family Sphingidae (Sphinx moths or Hawk moths). They are a lovely bright green, but they are frequently prey to the parasitoid wasp family Braconidae. The wasps lay their eggs inside the caterpillar, and hatch out into these characteristic cocoons (see picture below). I can’t help but feel sorry […]
It is Memorial Day in the United States and the national bird of the United States is the Bald Eagle. So here is a Bald Eagle and the American Flag to honour the soldiers!
Zipaquirá is a small town north of Bogotá in Colombia. Zipaquirá is mostly a tourist town for Colombians that are making the pilgrimage to la Catedral Sal, or the Salt Cathedral. Many travel to Zipaquirá by train and although we traveled by bus from Bogotá, we had to get touristy photos in front of it. La […]
We had a lot of ecologists come to give talks at our uni this semester. I was part of the seminar series planning committee, so I drew all these pictures of their study species for the thank you cards. Of course, some of them studied biodiversity, so I had my pick of animals (ended up […]
When we were really young (i.e. when I was 3 and she was 5), my sister and I used to run around the yard catching fireflies at twilight. I can remember it so well; it was the summer before they found her cancer. Years later, I was lying in bed in an old abandoned farmhouse, […]
Last night I raced a massive thunderstorm on my Dragon. I live in an area where there is heaps of rain, and we’ve been seeing a lot of the wet stuff over the past few weeks. It is capable of pouring for days nonstop, so imagine my excitement when, yesterday afternoon, the sun peeked out […]