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Carrion Flowered Succulents

Stapelia plant with flowers and buds

Carrion flowered succulents are blessed with ornate flowers offset by the contrasting stench of decaying corpses. This “perfume” attracts a number of carrion flies that fall into two main groups: blow flies (Caliphoridae) and flesh flies (Sarcophagidae). While the stench puts off the average gardener the unusual structural […]

An Easy to Build Wasp Hotel

Log with holes of many sizes

My homemade wasp hotel

Installing a wasp hotel to provide homes for solitary mud wasps provides several levels of enjoyment: watching their industrious comings and goings; observing their behaviour and that of the many parasitic insects that loiter with intent around their nests. The mud wasps are predatory which adds the bonus of […]

Colourful Harlequin Bugs

Colourful Harlequin Bugs were discovered feeding on the sed pods of Bachychiton bidwilli. They make attractive photoraphic subjects […]