Category Archives: Photos

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Nursery Web Spider (Pisaura mirabilis)

The Nursery Web Spider is a spider species of the family Pisauridae. It grows to about 15mm and they are active hunters that search for prey amongst grasses and low vegetation. Males of this species […]

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Spider – Need ID

After this night’s stormy weather I went in my garden and found this spider making a web. I gently blew at the spider to see its reaction and amazingly this spider jumps off the web. […]

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Camouflaged Grasshopper

Recently I made a trip to Etna. While I was atop one of its craters I saw something jumping and after some time I spotted this tiny grasshopper.  Its fascinating how it blends perfectly with […]

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Lobed Argiope (Argiope lobata)

This is yet another Lobed Argiope that I found in the field.  This is the largest one of this species that I photographed till now. This species, unlike the Banded Argiope has projections on its […]

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Red-veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii)

The Red-veined darter is a common species found in southern Europe and from 1990 onwards has been found in northwest Europe including Britain and Ireland. It can also be found in Africa, the middle east […]

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Tachinid Fly (Cylindromyia sp.)

A tachinid fly I photographed lately.  Will update its information as soon as I can.

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Common Paper Wasp (Polistes omissus)

This is one of the two species found on the Maltese islands. These wasps tend to build a small nest which can be found in rubble walls or prickly pear leaves.  The males have curved […]

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Damselfly (Ischnura genei)

The only species found in the Maltese islands, the Ischnura genei is still frequent and breeds. On males, the abdomen is black with a blue tail while females are generally rusty in colour.  

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Dragonfly Moult

Most of the dragonfly’ life is spent in the nymph form underwater.  They breathe through gills in their rectum. When the larva is ready for metamorphosis, it climbs up plants.  The skin splits at a […]

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Red Assassin Bug (Rhinocoris erythropus)

An image I took of a Red assassin bug before it flew away.  These bugs are predatory and feed on other insects like flies and bees. 

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