Assorted Kenyan insects (and a millipede)

I didn’t have much time for insect photography in Kenya (unfortunately), but here are some of the random photos I did get. Also, millipedes are not insects, but they are arthropods. *shrug* (PS I already shared the Cerambycids) I get you hooked with the Lepidoptera first Now for some bees…I had been searching for this […]

This bird with a petal stuck to its head is the best thing I’ve seen all year

This is from March, in Dublin…I was walking home one day and I passed this blackbird with a petal stuck right to the top of its head. I was so delighted that I followed the poor thing all around the field taking photos of it. It seemed so baffled at my interest…of course, it had […]

Two cool Kenyan long horned beetles

These two huge long horned beetles caught my attention in Kenya but I couldn’t identify them (no key to use). So if you know, comment below! I was trying to pose this guy with various sized sampling tubes for scale but he would not cooperate haha…gotta love that leopard print though! The long horned beetles […]

House geckos in Kenya

Look at these amazing feet. This is how geckos can run along ceilings Mandatory TED talk Close up on the beautiful eye I’ve seen house geckos on four continents now (Australia, South America, North America, Africa). However, Kenya (and sub-Saharan Africa in general) is their native range! We were all quite fond of the geckos […]

Some Kenyan lizards

I’ll have a separate gecko post (of course), and I’ve already written about the chameleons (1, 2), but here are some of the lizards I regularly saw around the research camp in Kenya. I think this is a Somali Painted Agama, but I’m not sure: Our most common lizard was the Red-headed Rock Agama. This […]

African Buffalo

I think this is the last charismatic megafauna from Kenya that I have to post about. Well, I suppose not many people think of African buffalo (Syncerus caffer) as charismatic. But I think they’re pretty cool looking, and I enjoyed seeing them in the wild. Also, fierce! Interestingly, many people refer to this buffalo as […]

Ostriches are actually pretty weird-looking up close

I’ve seen ostriches in zoos before, but I don’t think I ever took a really close look at them until I was in Kenya. Up close, they are actually pretty odd. You’ll notice that I didn’t include them in my birds of Kenya posts…because they don’t really feel like birds to me (though they definitely […]