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Thursday, November 6, 2008

Taro Snail

Taro leaf + Giant Snail = Crap on the Ceiling

Feral Pineapple

Its ancestors must have escaped from a plantation. This plant, one of several growing in a little bamboo grove near my house, has become wild enough again to have shed many of the characteristics of its "tame" brethren.

Nutmeg Mannikin

I love this bird, if only for its peculiar name :-)

Nutmeg Mannikin (Lonchula punctulata)


Taiwan boasts quite a number of dragonflies and damselflies, and most of them come with a bonus: their colors differ depending on age and gender. This makes identification sometimes difficult, but the rainbow of hues makes up for that.

Crimson Dropwing (Trithemis aurora)

Lesser Pruinose Skimmer (Orthetrum triangulare), male

Red Percher (Neurothemis ramburii)

Crimson Darter (Crocothermis servilia servilia); young male - that's why he ain't crimson :-)