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by RB
Sat Apr 05, 2008 11:20 am
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: some images
Replies: 5
Views: 15750

Correction to Euphorbia, that is Euphorbia dendroides and not melitensis.

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by RB
Tue Mar 25, 2008 9:06 pm
Forum: How to Improve our Environment
Topic: Illegal Bird Trapping in Spring
Replies: 5
Views: 19422

Bird trapping / Bird shooting both fall under Hunting (alive/dead) So do you have a reply? Oops missed this one also. No did not have a reply as good as MWP's but basically of course it's the coppers you would be calling up. As MWP says trapping is illegal in Spring (not sure if there are any excep...
by RB
Tue Mar 25, 2008 8:59 pm
Forum: Reptiles and Amphibians
Topic: My first decent photo of a Snake from Malta
Replies: 13
Views: 27982

Unless you try to capture them or handle them you will not be bitten. Exactly. Must have missed previous "new posts" and did not reply to MWP. I have been bitten because I have a habit of wanting to take a closer look... or even just moving them to a safer place... generally not appreciated by the ...
by RB
Mon Mar 24, 2008 4:29 pm
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: Sex on the garigue
Replies: 9
Views: 16299

Conchiolin wrote:You're having sex with a flower you moron!!
Seems to be a trend which Jackpot started!!

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by RB
Mon Mar 24, 2008 1:43 am
Forum: Reptiles and Amphibians
Topic: My first decent photo of a Snake from Malta
Replies: 13
Views: 27982

MWP admin wrote:Have anyone been bitten by this snake?
Plenty of times, and it is most unlikely that you will be unless you are determined to get bitten!

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by RB
Sat Mar 22, 2008 1:43 pm
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: another one
Replies: 13
Views: 20286

"WTF was that when she saw the flash" Did we use to say as blind as a bat ?? We still do, but that is rarely true. PS good sport is to be had by throwing up little stones in the air, watching the bats instantly intercept, and ignore when they get to about 50cm away and identify as not edible! RB
by RB
Sat Mar 22, 2008 1:41 pm
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: A rather alert mustard butterfly
Replies: 8
Views: 14639

Look out also for brimstones, those are lovely!!

Seem to be extremely localised in distribution despite the fact that they have wings, I think they feed on Rubus and thus tend to hang out where this is plentiful.

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by RB
Sat Mar 22, 2008 1:39 pm
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: Sex on the garigue
Replies: 9
Views: 16299

Normally completely the opposite in the animal world.

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by RB
Sat Mar 22, 2008 1:36 pm
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: 4 quizzies
Replies: 22
Views: 33216

Yup almost cartoon like!

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by RB
Thu Mar 20, 2008 8:06 pm
Forum: Reptiles and Amphibians
Topic: My first decent photo of a Snake from Malta
Replies: 13
Views: 27982

Yes
by RB
Thu Mar 20, 2008 8:03 pm
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: another one
Replies: 13
Views: 20286

The photo was shot around 5m from your camera, and "she" is thinking WTF was that? when she saw the flash...

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by RB
Thu Mar 20, 2008 7:59 pm
Forum: Marine biology
Topic: help needed
Replies: 5
Views: 12364

Should be Pelagia noctiluca, a.k.a. "feked your summer" :shock:

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by RB
Thu Mar 20, 2008 1:12 pm
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: another one
Replies: 13
Views: 20286

Nice, I don't think I ever saw a photo of a pipistrelle locally photographed in flight.

May try for a good shot myself!

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by RB
Thu Mar 20, 2008 12:20 am
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: Beautiful big bee
Replies: 6
Views: 8756

Quite common actually Pine, sure you must have seen this around plenty of times. I think they choose holes in things to make their whatever-one-would-call-something-in-a-hole-other-than-a-hive. At least I often note them showing great interest in narrow steel pipes stuck in walls that happen to be s...
by RB
Wed Mar 19, 2008 10:57 pm
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: 4 quizzies
Replies: 22
Views: 33216

JP,. 2222b was something that crossed my mind, but putting it upside down made it impossible! :shock:

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by RB
Wed Mar 19, 2008 10:54 pm
Forum: How to Improve our Environment
Topic: Illegal Bird Trapping in Spring
Replies: 5
Views: 19422

Is this about hunting or trapping?

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by RB
Mon Mar 17, 2008 1:52 pm
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: For D Cilia - Q about Longhorned beetles in Malta
Replies: 7
Views: 20592

Here is the result of the photoshoot. Comparing with what is on the .cz site, it is really quite impossible to ID exactly, I can not discern differences. Carinatus is a good candidate, as good as any really.

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by RB
Wed Mar 12, 2008 7:56 pm
Forum: Ornamentals and cultivated plants in Malta
Topic: quiz
Replies: 14
Views: 21083

IL-PINE wrote:or may Profs Weber climbed on the tree to pollinate the flower :-D
Now that would be quite perverted don't you think :lol: :lol:

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by RB
Wed Mar 12, 2008 7:55 pm
Forum: Reptiles and Amphibians
Topic: My first decent photo of a Snake from Malta
Replies: 13
Views: 27982

They are quite "nice" if you know how to handle them. The smaller ones, you can let them bite you as they will only draw less than a scratch's worth of blood, the bigger ones you need to be a bit more careful because they can be a bit nippy. Once handled they tend to relax a bit and concentrate less...
by RB
Wed Mar 12, 2008 7:44 pm
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: MWP Quiz 52
Replies: 20
Views: 35628

MWP admin wrote:Hope I made my Identification well :study:
I think not... I concur with JP, as the tree seems to be deciduous, but shot at Schinus because it seems to be more common.

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by RB
Wed Mar 12, 2008 2:36 pm
Forum: Reptiles and Amphibians
Topic: My first decent photo of a Snake from Malta
Replies: 13
Views: 27982

Looks pretty small in the pic (scaling the head size) and they normally are that colour at that size, I don't think that I ever saw a small black one, and I have handled PLENTY. There are not many options, only other snakes are the leopard snake (very, very distinctive markings), cat snake (again, a...
by RB
Wed Mar 12, 2008 2:31 pm
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: MWP Quiz 52
Replies: 20
Views: 35628

Schinus/Pistacia

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by RB
Wed Mar 12, 2008 2:29 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: Romulea melitensis - exposed ???
Replies: 3
Views: 10835

Without having any idea what R.m. should look like, my comments: - Late flowering (one of the 3 plants still in buds) Plenty all over the place still in flower - Thin leaves - Long inflorescences - Tepals rather thin All above, and first point too were it valid, seem related to the fact that the pla...
by RB
Wed Mar 12, 2008 2:26 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: 2 Identify, herbaceous plant with long hairs in stem
Replies: 2
Views: 5122

Think you had already recently requested an ID on this one, when it was dead :lol:

Should be easier alive, yellow flowers :wink:

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by RB
Wed Mar 12, 2008 9:58 am
Forum: Reptiles and Amphibians
Topic: My first decent photo of a Snake from Malta
Replies: 13
Views: 27982

Juvenile "serp iswed" - Gender?? No way!

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by RB
Tue Mar 11, 2008 9:57 am
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: For D Cilia - Q about Longhorned beetles in Malta
Replies: 7
Views: 20592

Thanks a million David,

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by RB
Mon Mar 10, 2008 9:30 pm
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: For D Cilia - Q about Longhorned beetles in Malta
Replies: 7
Views: 20592

I spent some time on the Czech site, and narrowed it down to Cerambyx - anything from dux, nodulosus, cerdo, or carinatus. Host often described as Prunus, too! Interestingly I googled "cerambyx pesticide" and I got a local PDF: http://www.planthealth.gov.mt/Downloads/plant_health_department_annual_r...
by RB
Mon Mar 10, 2008 8:57 pm
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: For D Cilia - Q about Longhorned beetles in Malta
Replies: 7
Views: 20592

There are some 38 species in Malta so perhaps identification is not so easy. Wow, bad news x38... "Mine" have killed off or are likely to soon kill off around 5 very mature almond trees I have, despite all my efforts to eliminate them. I have been spraying tree trunks and poking holes into the chan...
by RB
Mon Mar 10, 2008 1:43 am
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: For D Cilia - Q about Longhorned beetles in Malta
Replies: 7
Views: 20592

For D Cilia - Q about Longhorned beetles in Malta

Hello DC, Can you point me in the right direction to ID a longhorned beetle species that is causing havoc on almond trees? Adult around 40mm, looks black but on close inspection slightly reddish-black, antennae "horns" not longer than body. Larva massive when adult, about 50mm long. Thanks for any i...
by RB
Mon Mar 10, 2008 1:39 am
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: A nest of rare primitives was found
Replies: 25
Views: 42631

Nice! Mine were actually self-propagated and growing on a humid wall in an old house's yard that was to be demolished.

They now do produce so many spores that at times the fronds turn almost completely brown.

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