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Saturday, December 22, 2018

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Biarum tenuifolium subsp. abbreviatum

Biarum x8
Biarum x5

These pictures of Biarum tenuifolium_ssp_abbreviatum were taken over a series of recent years (including 2018) on the Hill of Philopappou in Athens.

They show the flower on various stages of development (more or less)

Please click on the pictures for a better view.


Saturday, December 8, 2018

Colchicum cupanii

IMG_6254 [Colchicum cupanii]

A Colchicum cupanii near the top of Mt. Hymittos overlooking the city of Athens in the distance.

Photographed on October 31, 2018

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Cetonia aurata

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