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by Ke!tH
Thu Aug 24, 2006 4:50 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: portulaca oleracea
Replies: 15
Views: 16338

This plant grows annualy in our garden and i use it as an additional feed for my canaries, they love it. Thinking of it, its true that its not so common elsewhere, maybe because it requires water?
by Ke!tH
Thu Aug 24, 2006 4:40 pm
Forum: Reptiles and Amphibians
Topic: swimming creature chadwick lakes
Replies: 25
Views: 60036

Well 10x all, but I assure you that i'm no expert at all!! Most of my knowledge is through observations i made in my childhood where i used to spend all of my free time running aroung in fields and vallies with my next door neighbour, Arnold (i think he was mentioned in the selmunett post). We had a...
by Ke!tH
Wed Aug 23, 2006 6:50 pm
Forum: Reptiles and Amphibians
Topic: swimming creature chadwick lakes
Replies: 25
Views: 60036

99% it is a larva of a water beetle, the ones which grow up to 4 cm in lenght, and are black in colour with a yellow stripe all way round when mature. Unfortunately this creature is diminishing from our islands, cause I can recall more of them myself when I was young. Bdw, Be careful from that larva...
by Ke!tH
Tue May 02, 2006 1:51 pm
Forum: Birds
Topic: the Glider
Replies: 9
Views: 27567

yes a grey heron
by Ke!tH
Thu Apr 20, 2006 2:02 pm
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: The Vivid Beauty of Butterflies
Replies: 3
Views: 11461

ok, 10x again Steve
by Ke!tH
Tue Apr 18, 2006 8:23 am
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: The Vivid Beauty of Butterflies
Replies: 3
Views: 11461

Pic 1. Male Common Blue
Polyommatus icarus

Pic 2. Female Common Blue
Polyommatus icarus

Pic 3. Undetside of Common Blue
Polyommatus icarus

Pic 4. Female Wall Brown
Lasiommata megera

Stunning photos Steve!
by Ke!tH
Tue Apr 18, 2006 8:16 am
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: The destiny of some white cabbage caterpillars
Replies: 4
Views: 12921

As far as I know, some species of wasps lay their eggs inside a caterpillar to ensure that the young have plenty to eat on until they undergo metamorphosis. (like when a cabbage butterfly lays its eggs on a cabbage leaf)
Did you actually see the insect penetrate the caterpillar or what Steve?
by Ke!tH
Thu Feb 23, 2006 3:38 pm
Forum: Reptiles and Amphibians
Topic: Lizard Eggs
Replies: 6
Views: 14913

:oops: thats what i ment!
its been so long that i last wrote on the forum that i got mixed up!!
by Ke!tH
Wed Feb 22, 2006 11:37 am
Forum: Reptiles and Amphibians
Topic: Lizard Eggs
Replies: 6
Views: 14913

last august i raptured 2 gecko by mistake while clearing some dead leaves from the floor. i then placed the geckos to dry and heat up in the sun and fortunately they survived! :P
i suppose that they were about to get born just the same!
by Ke!tH
Thu Jan 19, 2006 4:55 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: Ta' Cenc and the proposed Heritage Development Plan
Replies: 9
Views: 21921

Advantages: ========= Free entrance to all. Guarded against vandalism and anti-environmental acts Guarded agains dumping. Enforced protection towards the environment (flora+fauna) Restored with plaques of information about the important things in the area Free of bird trapping sites (what a relief)...
by Ke!tH
Thu Jan 12, 2006 9:01 am
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: Eucalyptus
Replies: 9
Views: 17379

I was told that the roots release certain chemicals (by someone who calls himself an expert ! :D ) so 10x Robcar for giving me the correct answer. I also agree with Stephen that these trees should not be cut down or burnt ( again suggestions from an expert,) but should be left to grow as they are. T...
by Ke!tH
Tue Jan 10, 2006 10:48 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: Eucalyptus
Replies: 9
Views: 17379

I remember those lectures well Steve, and sometimes it's hilarious what comes out of these 'extremists' mouths :!: I also have regularly encountered vegetation under these trees, and thats why I was suspisious. I think that maybe the lack of vegetation in some cases is due to the huge span of the tr...
by Ke!tH
Tue Jan 10, 2006 2:25 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: Eucalyptus
Replies: 9
Views: 17379

Eucalyptus

I was wondering on what are the real negative effects of Eucailypts in our islands. Many say that these trees do not allow vegetation growth in the areas beneath them, because of certain chemicals they release from their roots, although I have never been 100% sure about this. What do you think about...
by Ke!tH
Thu Jan 05, 2006 12:43 pm
Forum: Other topics
Topic: The Maltese Red Data Book - 1989
Replies: 2
Views: 10270

10x Steve
by Ke!tH
Mon Jan 02, 2006 7:20 pm
Forum: Reptiles and Amphibians
Topic: Selmunett Wall Lizard
Replies: 28
Views: 52293

Everywhere on our Islands is covered with Oxalis pes-caprae.
St. Pauls is surely not an exception!
by Ke!tH
Mon Jan 02, 2006 7:18 pm
Forum: Reptiles and Amphibians
Topic: Selmunett Wall Lizard
Replies: 28
Views: 52293

We got there with a very small dinghy :P ...... It was fine in the morning as the current favoured us, but the sea got rougher in the afternoon so we found it very difficult to paddle back. Fortunately enough, a small motor boat passed by and towed us to mistra half way through :roll: The vegetation...
by Ke!tH
Mon Jan 02, 2006 2:25 pm
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: jackpot quiz 5
Replies: 8
Views: 16370

yyuuupppppeeeeeeeeee

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

10x Jack
by Ke!tH
Mon Jan 02, 2006 2:22 pm
Forum: Reptiles and Amphibians
Topic: Selmunett Wall Lizard
Replies: 28
Views: 52293

Both of you are right, but as we got to Mistra I saw one sunbathing on a rock! :shock:

We are supposed to visit the Island in March, and I will then post the records.
Hope it turns out better :?
by Ke!tH
Sat Dec 31, 2005 12:59 pm
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: Tricky but maybe not!
Replies: 10
Views: 17279

:oops:
by Ke!tH
Sat Dec 31, 2005 12:56 pm
Forum: Reptiles and Amphibians
Topic: Selmunett Wall Lizard
Replies: 28
Views: 52293

Well, on a hot winter day lizards do go out to absorb the suns radiation. They do not usually hibernate in our islands, as the temp. is not so cold, although you are right when saying that their activity decreases during the cold months. When compared to results of the no. of lizards spotted in wint...
by Ke!tH
Sat Dec 31, 2005 9:58 am
Forum: Open discussion
Topic: Dip agric Graduation Photos
Replies: 6
Views: 15925

Thanks for the photos Steve :lol:
by Ke!tH
Sat Dec 31, 2005 9:50 am
Forum: Reptiles and Amphibians
Topic: Selmunett Wall Lizard
Replies: 28
Views: 52293

Selmunett Wall Lizard

Last Wednesday was a beautiful sunny and warm winter day, so my friend and I decided to go to Saint Pauls Island. Our intention was to record and observe the kieselbachi sub-species of the Maltese wall Lizard. We arrived there at mid-morning, but to our disappointment we could not even spot one sing...
by Ke!tH
Sat Dec 31, 2005 9:27 am
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: Tricky but maybe not!
Replies: 10
Views: 17279

Well it is either a close up photo of a moss from abowe, or a photo of a hedge.
( some parts seem to have cut branches if thinking of it as a hedge, but it might just be some debris tying on the moss :!: :!: )

post another photo jack :lol:
by Ke!tH
Sat Dec 31, 2005 9:21 am
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: jackpot quiz 5
Replies: 8
Views: 16370

Well, I'm sure it is Esparto Grass!

Am I still entitled for a beer? :cry:

(please please please please please)
by Ke!tH
Sat Dec 24, 2005 1:26 pm
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: jackpot quiz 5
Replies: 8
Views: 16370

maybe Esparto Grass ? :?
by Ke!tH
Tue Dec 06, 2005 7:28 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: Studying General Botany abroad
Replies: 4
Views: 8732

Steve, tkomplix tikomplikali l hajja pls!

:shock: :x :( :cry:
by Ke!tH
Thu Nov 24, 2005 10:49 am
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: A Common vegetable or a wild Plant ?
Replies: 6
Views: 10472

The plants are of Globe Artichokes.
They may have been planted in that field years ago, but they continued to regenerate naturally by their seeds.
by Ke!tH
Thu Nov 24, 2005 10:48 am
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: A Common vegetable or a wild Plant ?
Replies: 6
Views: 10472

The plants are of Globe Artichokes.
They may have been planted in that field years ago, but they continued to regenerate naturally by their seeds.
by Ke!tH
Mon Nov 21, 2005 5:26 pm
Forum: Kingdom of Fungi
Topic: Looks like a sort of bracket fungus ?
Replies: 4
Views: 18401

Hi Stephen, according to the Wildlife of the Maltese Islands , the Bracket Funghus is botanically named as Phellinus rimosus , while in The Maltese Countryside , it is listed as Ganoderma sp. I then searched through Google, and found that the Ganoderma sp, is the one that mostly resembles the one in...
by Ke!tH
Thu Nov 10, 2005 2:50 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: The first Gethering of the Forum
Replies: 27
Views: 35219

Hi people, it beeen quite a long time since I last wrote something on the forum! My Bsc Agric is taking up quite some time for me, especially in the evenings. I am now seeing this topic and would be pleased to join you next saturday, espesially because Wied Incita brings me memories! Dont get me wro...