Wake up call

This morning I woke to the sound of what I thought was a gardener strimming the grass outside the room where I am staying in Corfu. The noise was loud and incessant, ceaseless and unforgiving. Waking more fully, I realized the noise was coming from inside the room. I turned back the curtains to the patio to  find a huge and formidable looking hornet was up against the glass. At approx 35mm, it was the largest I have ever seen! Only yesterday I was discussing such insects with the manager of this superb hotel, which is situated at the very foot of Pantokrator mountain.

The hillsides here are carpeted in colourful wild flowers at the moment, and yesterday I spent all day hiking through them with the overwhelming scent of the flowers and wild herbs in my nostrils. I saw 3 beautiful giant legless lizards, but talking of insects, there are so many incredible species to be seen here it would be a real entomologists paradise: All the species are out enjoying the sunshine, breeding, and egg laying at this time of year – it really is a spectacle to behold!

Awakened to the fascinating world of insects, here are just a few photos taken yesterday, with more to be added soon!

 

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