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by xilpa
Thu Nov 25, 2010 12:00 am
Forum: Reptiles and Amphibians
Topic: chameleon
Replies: 12
Views: 43131

What do you do to make it turn green ? Whenever I have come across one it is always Grey/Brown. I even move them to a green background, with the help of a twig,wouldn't dare touch them with my hand, but they still won't turn green. Swearing at them in Maltese (as they are natives of NA they should u...
by xilpa
Wed Nov 24, 2010 11:41 pm
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: caterpillar
Replies: 2
Views: 11223

Thanks Pine.
Have since found out it is a Grass Egar and that the adult is a beautiful scarlet moth. Have not had the luck to come across one yet.
by xilpa
Thu Nov 04, 2010 9:52 am
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: Looking for the Archbishop's Palace-Rabat woods.
Replies: 10
Views: 22846

Many thanks Ian, will try to visit next week.
Albert
by xilpa
Wed Nov 03, 2010 3:04 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: ID please
Replies: 1
Views: 6483

ID please

Location: Lunziata Gozo
Date. September
by xilpa
Tue Nov 02, 2010 8:26 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: Looking for the Archbishop's Palace-Rabat woods.
Replies: 10
Views: 22846

Do you mean Girgenti Stephen ? I dont think it is Girgenti as this has been renovated. I had a quick look on google earth and I think that the place Hulland is refering to is between Rabat and Dingli in the Wied ta l-Isqof. Have to wait for his reply.
by xilpa
Tue Nov 02, 2010 7:45 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: Looking for the Archbishop's Palace-Rabat woods.
Replies: 10
Views: 22846

This look like a lovely place. Could you please tell us how to get there ?
by xilpa
Tue Nov 02, 2010 7:33 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: Albino of Crocus longiflora
Replies: 1
Views: 8970

Albino of Crocus longiflora

I spent 4 hours at Ghar il kbir and Dingli cliffs looking for this orchid but could not find one anywhere. Hundreds of crocuses but not a single orchid. Have they died out already ? The only consolation was that I spotted an albino form of crocus.
by xilpa
Mon Nov 01, 2010 12:06 pm
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: Dragonflies
Replies: 5
Views: 14248

Many thanks Jackpot. Much appreciated.
Albert
by xilpa
Tue Oct 26, 2010 4:01 pm
Forum: Ornamentals and cultivated plants in Malta
Topic: Save me some time - Ornamental Fabaceae
Replies: 5
Views: 14428

http://www.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=http://arnica.csustan.edu/photos/800/Pisum_1.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.biochem.szote.u-szeged.hu/astrojan/flowers.htm&usg=__vpX0pDDYR9zDCeQB2PH0OyE8Fbk=&h=600&w=800&sz=77&hl=en&start=162&zoom=1&tbnid=krxmQmuaKi20SM:&tbnh=154&tbnw=206&prev=/images%3Fq%3D%2522pisum...
by xilpa
Mon Oct 25, 2010 11:15 pm
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: Dragonflies
Replies: 5
Views: 14248

Many thanks Stephen.
My Italian friend told me that a new one for Malta is Orthetrum nitidinerve which has been spotted around the Ghadira Nature reserve. I went there a couple of times last month, but was not fortunate enough to see it.
Regards.
Albert
by xilpa
Wed Sep 29, 2010 12:34 pm
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: Dragonflies
Replies: 5
Views: 14248

Have just been informed by an Italian friend that the first image is that of a Lesser Emperor and not a Blue Emperor.
by xilpa
Mon Sep 27, 2010 8:42 pm
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: Dragonflies
Replies: 5
Views: 14248

Dragonflies

A few dragonflies shot over the weekend in Gozo.
by xilpa
Mon Sep 06, 2010 8:43 pm
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: Ischnura genei
Replies: 0
Views: 8833

Ischnura genei

Could someone please tell me whether this is a female or juvenile damselfly ? In the second image it seems as if it has just moulted.
Many thanks.
by xilpa
Mon Sep 06, 2010 9:36 am
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: Syritta pipiens in flight
Replies: 15
Views: 29722

Many thanks Robcar
by xilpa
Wed Sep 01, 2010 9:01 pm
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: Syritta pipiens in flight
Replies: 15
Views: 29722

The resolution and size of this image posted here is fine and saves me the work to include the credits. Just one suggestion The font you use is not very legible. For example your surnname "Florida" reads something like Houida! The font itself is very nice, it perhaps needs the letters to be spaced ...
by xilpa
Wed Sep 01, 2010 8:08 pm
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: Syritta pipiens in flight
Replies: 15
Views: 29722

Impressive stills for just 1/200. I really wish to have the humming bird as a start. I am soon going to make an update and will include it. I am just finishing updating my other 8 websites first. OK go ahead, can you use the one on the forum or do I have to send it to you as an attachment to an ema...
by xilpa
Wed Sep 01, 2010 7:50 pm
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: Syritta pipiens in flight
Replies: 15
Views: 29722

Ostra - these qualify as good photos for the National Geographic, but if they dont get through, I will accept them on my website :-)) You have used at least a shutter spead of 1/5000. You can use them with pleasure Stephen. You can also have a look at my website and if there any more you like I can...
by xilpa
Wed Sep 01, 2010 5:16 pm
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: Syritta pipiens in flight
Replies: 15
Views: 29722

Lots of patience and time, but then I am retired so can afford to waste a couple of hours to get this kind of shot.

Here are some of wasps in flight, and a hummingbird moth.

Hope you enjoy them.
by xilpa
Thu Aug 26, 2010 1:08 pm
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: Syritta pipiens in flight
Replies: 15
Views: 29722

Many thanks Pine, very kind of you.
by xilpa
Thu Aug 26, 2010 12:33 pm
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: Argiope lobata
Replies: 4
Views: 14064

Beautiful pictures, xilpa! The 'dead'-looking spider in your picture is not a dead male, but the discarded exoskeleton of the female which has just moulted. Many thanks for the info. As I read somewhere that sometimes the female does eat the mate after mating, I took it for granted that this was on...
by xilpa
Wed Aug 25, 2010 4:15 pm
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: Syritta pipiens in flight
Replies: 15
Views: 29722

Syritta pipiens in flight

Lots of them flying around the garden at this time of the year.
by xilpa
Wed Aug 25, 2010 4:02 pm
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: Argiope lobata
Replies: 4
Views: 14064

Many thanks Pine
by xilpa
Sun Aug 22, 2010 11:22 pm
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: Argiope lobata
Replies: 4
Views: 14064

Argiope lobata

Seems as if he ended up as a meal after mating. What a price to pay !!!
by xilpa
Thu Jun 10, 2010 8:52 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Stonecrop ?
Replies: 2
Views: 6866

Stonecrop ?

Is this a stonecrop, and if so which one ?
by xilpa
Wed Jun 09, 2010 2:31 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: The pure yellow flower form of Iris pseudopumila
Replies: 6
Views: 21560

Well done.
I have trampled all over Gozo but never came across them.
Lovely flower.
by xilpa
Sat May 29, 2010 6:34 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Unknown flower
Replies: 11
Views: 14768

Good idea. I shall check again next spring.
by xilpa
Sat May 29, 2010 6:32 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Iris sicula
Replies: 7
Views: 11561

Many thanks
by xilpa
Sat May 29, 2010 6:30 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Serapias vomeracea or not ?
Replies: 5
Views: 9852

Thanks
by xilpa
Sat May 29, 2010 1:52 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Serapias vomeracea or not ?
Replies: 5
Views: 9852

Some time back I posted a picture (1) of separis and Pine very kindly id it as parviflora. Some time later I came across another specimen (picture 2) and automatically catalogued it as perviflora too, but I am now having doubts as it looks different to the first. Perhaps Pine will be kind enough to ...
by xilpa
Sat May 29, 2010 1:29 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Iris sicula
Replies: 7
Views: 11561

I'm afraid I am not knowledgable enought to tell the difference.
I could tell you exactly where I found them ( there was a group of about 6 or 7) and you can check them out yourself.

Albert