Saturday, December 8, 2018
Saturday, December 1, 2018
|803_3450 [Cetonia aurata]|
|803_3469 [Cetonia aurata]|
An impressively colored beetle with a striking metallic sheen! Often bronze, copper, violet, blue, or grey on top and bronze beneath. Due to the texture of its body its color changes depending on the angle the light strikes its body. At a specific angle it can appear to be colorless. It’s like looking at it through a polarizing filter!!! Amazing nature!
It’s about 20 mm long. It can fly fast. Active on sunny days. Feeds on flowers.
Photographed on Mt. Parnitha on October 11, 2018
Saturday, November 24, 2018
Saturday, November 17, 2018
Saturday, November 10, 2018
|IMG_5893 [Symphoricarpos albus]|
Native to North America and much of Canada but also naturalized in many other countries. I have never seen it before in Greece.
By the way, its name derives from Greek συν + φέρω + καρπούς meaning “bearing fruits together”. The picture above seems to justify this name.
Photographed on a hedge in a residential area on Mt. Vardusia on September 8, 2018
Saturday, November 3, 2018
|IMG_5891 [Ipomoea purpurea]|
Ipomoea is the largest genus in the plant family Convolvulaceae with about 500 species. The flower above most probably belongs to the species of purpurea but I leave the exact identification to the experts.
With identification put aside, I believe no matter how you call the flower, its beauty remains unquestionable [imho].
It is said to have originated from Mexico and Central America but apparently has spread almost all over the world.
Photographed in a residential area on Mt. Vardousia on September 8, 2018