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April 9, 2021 at 9:10 pm #624SusanneVogel
Thanks for the nice welcome. You wanted to see some photos, since it’s a bit of everything I hope this is the right section. All photos are from this year around Antequera (Málaga).
Stonechat – Tarabilla común – Saxicola rubicola. My favourites – I just can’t resist taking photos of them.
Iberian ibex – Cabra montesa – Capra pyrenaica, on El Torcal de Antequera. If you don’t know this area, it is really a must-see.
Western dappled white – Blanciverdosa común – Euchloe crameri – my first really good photo of this elusive species.
Hoopoe – Abubilla – Upupa epops – another one that you only see when it flies off.
Chrysis sp. – I don’t know if they can be identified by photo, I can’t.
Large psammodromus – lagartija colilarga – Psammodromus algirus. Apparently the males don’t have to wear their gala suit to find a mate.
Flat-headed root borer – gusano cabezudo – Capnodis tenebrionis
I hope you liked this cross section of Antequera’s fauna – can be continued 😉
Attachments:April 10, 2021 at 7:36 am #626clive
Fantastic photos Susanne!
Where did you learn to identify all these creatures?
I wrote a bit about El Torcal over in your neck of the woods here…… https://wildsideholidays.co.uk/el-torcal-protected-area/
April 21, 2021 at 12:43 pm #674SusanneVogel
first I have to correct my photo of the two lizards, the species is right, but they are really two females!
Now some more beasts:
Sardinian warbler – Sylvia melanocephala
Woodchat shrike – Lanius senator
Ocellated lizard – Timon lepidus
This beautiful male is a friend of mine (though I doubt whether he thinks that too). He lives under a stone not far from the path that leads to the pine forest Pinar del Hacho. I often see him sitting on his doorstep – until he thinks that I am too close and disappears. So I named him “Don Timon, El de Antequera” 😉
Cone-headed mantis – Empusa pennata
another one of my favourite beasts, here it is a female nymph.
Finally a very special beetle – can you imagine: it is endemic to the province of Málaga! Also I think it looks like velvet and pin-stripes 🙂 Alphasida holosericea
And where I learnt to identy them: in various facebook-groups, on iNaturalist.org and every year I make a photo book with 100 new species, which I then try to memorize… so I am starting my own reference library 😉April 21, 2021 at 3:42 pm #675clive
April 27, 2021 at 10:07 am #683Helen
Susanne, what fantastic photos you have and it is great that you are naming them as well! I think I like the hoopoe the best. Such an odd looking creature 🙂
Breathe and try to be nice to people 🙂August 26, 2021 at 4:45 pm #938SusanneVogel
Finally I managed to get a photo of a bee-wolf Philanthus triangulum with prey!
The female digs a hole in the sand and brings in paralized bees as provision to the larvae.August 29, 2021 at 6:25 pm #940Helen
Susanne! What a fantastic photo! I love the shadow on the ground…. 🙂
Wikipedia has some good info as well…. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_beewolf
Breathe and try to be nice to people 🙂September 8, 2021 at 4:04 pm #986SusanneVogel
And another parasitic wasp with prey: I believe it’s Ammophila heydeni.September 10, 2021 at 8:46 am #987Rachel
That’s a great shot! Its amazing some of theses thread wasted wasps don’t break in half their middles are so thin. 🙂
Does this wasp take the prey to a burrow in the ground or does it make a mud nest like other similar wasps…???September 10, 2021 at 3:08 pm #990SusanneVogel
I watched it for a while, travelling over more than 10 metres at least to reach its burrow in the sand. It made continuous small flying-hops and I tried to follow and focus. Some more photos.September 12, 2021 at 9:08 am #991
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