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Post by jackpot » Tue Sep 19, 2006 3:30 pm

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Post by IL-PINE » Tue Sep 19, 2006 4:19 pm

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Post by greenhorn » Tue Sep 19, 2006 6:21 pm

Larva/ pupa of a Holly Blue???? No!!!
Something ornamental? Leguminosae???

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Post by MWP admin » Tue Sep 19, 2006 9:07 pm

The lower fake teeth (denture) of dracula !
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Post by jackpot » Tue Sep 19, 2006 10:07 pm

what is a "Holly Blue"? :?:

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Post by MWP admin » Tue Sep 19, 2006 10:10 pm

I am quite sure this is an ornamental (and probably monocot) so not my piece of bread and butter. I should invite Calamatta here! :lol:
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Post by jackpot » Tue Sep 19, 2006 10:19 pm

no monocot and not only ornamental, typical mediterranean plant but sometimes/-where cultivated for ornament :wink:

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Post by MWP admin » Tue Sep 19, 2006 10:23 pm

What is the ornament the flower or the fruit (I think I already know the answer from Mr. Jackpot = "both!" )

We have it a lot in Malta Wild Life?
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Post by jackpot » Tue Sep 19, 2006 10:31 pm

:D no, none of them, either the flower nor the fruit, just the plant :D not very common in the wild and in cultivation :wink:

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Post by greenhorn » Tue Sep 19, 2006 10:34 pm

jackpot wrote:what is a "Holly Blue"? :?:
A small blue butterfly with red children ( caterpillars ).
What`s about Fabaceae? I had that Scorpion Vetch in mind.

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Post by greenhorn » Tue Sep 19, 2006 10:52 pm

The scientif. name is Celastrina argiolus.

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Post by IL-PINE » Tue Sep 19, 2006 10:53 pm

Yes indeed Hippocrepis

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Post by MWP admin » Wed Sep 20, 2006 2:24 pm

Do they form those type of fruit ???
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Post by RB » Wed Sep 20, 2006 6:16 pm

Those look like distorted leaves of pistachia lentiscus. dunno what gets them (some virus maybe) but they end up like that, some of the leaves.

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Post by jackpot » Wed Sep 20, 2006 10:08 pm

Excellent RB, yes, galls of Pistacia terebinthus! They are very characteristic in late spring-early summer, looks like a tree beautiful in flower! I have never seen those beautifullll insect nests in Pistacia lentiscus! :wink:

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Post by IL-PINE » Wed Sep 20, 2006 11:13 pm

wow! Excellent RB, never would have guessed it.

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Post by MWP admin » Thu Sep 21, 2006 9:50 am

PS: the title was a bit mislading - nothing really full of beauty! Galls can be formed by viruses and even certain insects (such as Thrips of the Gynaeikothrips genus, recently found on Ficus ficaria.)
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Post by Sdravko » Thu Sep 21, 2006 11:03 am

Actually, that sort of galls is being formed in Malta (and elsewhere) on P. lentiscus and sth we will call P. atlantica in the name of easy answers. :D :D :D
P. terebinthus is very rare in Malta and is characterized by large, horn-like galls.
But, to do jackpot justice, nobody seems to be absolutely sure about p. atlantica and p. terebintus in Malta. :wink:

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Post by jackpot » Thu Sep 21, 2006 10:53 pm

MWP: galls in the close sense are not made by viruses but insects only (their eggs), and an egg is a new life- a beauty (like your new life in your family!) :wink:
In fact, this insect seems to be specialised to the leaflets of Pistacia terebinthus only (no other P. species)- we will find out. However, in each swollen part of the red Hippocrepis-fruit-like gall (excellent il-Pine
:wink: ) is 1 egg!

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Post by MWP admin » Fri Sep 22, 2006 1:28 pm

The difference in "beauty" between those lurcid, nasty pests and my sweetheart Miranda _ _ _ _ _ A Mifsud is as big as the number of electrons in the universe! :x

Miranda is angry for your comparison but if you guess her second name she would give you a big kiss! :wink:


PS: Thanks for the educative info, here is more input to this post regards the galls.
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