豬屎豆 broad-leaved rattlepod

豬屎豆的外觀具備異國風情,確實豬屎豆屬中大部分都可追溯到非洲。但翻閱幾個中文網站,都顯示植物也在中國多地包括廣東分佈。而於中藥而言,根、莖、葉及種子均可入藥。 because of the exotic look of this plant, i always thought that broad-leaved rattlepod came from amercia. according to wiki, my impression is not too far out, it says a big part of the crotalaria genus (commonly known as rattlepods) is from africa or the tropics. several chinese websites however also told me that this plant... Continue Reading →

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濕地公園行 – 昆蟲 wetland park insects file

2012.5.26 雨 初夏大雨時節,到濕地公園,收穫豐富。這是快速記錄昆蟲(蜻蜓/豆娘以外)篇。嘗試辨認他們的類種,但當中有不確實的。heavy rain in early summer season turns out to be a rewarding trip at the wetland park. here is a quick record of the insects i met that day. tried to identify them, but some with uncertainty. 廣翅蠟蟬 plant hoppers (ricanid sp.) 廣翅蠟蟬若蟲 plant hoppers (ricanid sp.) nymphs   甲蟲與蠟蟬 beetle & plant... Continue Reading →

蟲蟲世界 insect world

金邊土鼈,又名短翅蟑螂。光蠊科。oriental cockroach epilampridae family. the museum of coastal defense. 海防博物館.2011.10.   五刺錘緣蝽~緣蝽科 coreid bug. coreidae family 前胸背板有四枚長刺。主要以竹類為寄主。難見。there are four long spines on the backplane. bamboo is their main host. uncommon. 海防博物館 the museum of coastal defense.2011.10 領木蜂~蜜蜂科 carpenter bee. apidae family 大小與其它木蜂無甚分別。最顯著特徵在中胸背板中部無毛,單前緣及側板密被淺黃色毛,像衣領一樣。難見。 the most notable characteristics is that there is no hair in the middle... Continue Reading →

黃猄蟻巢 weaver ants’ nest

現代的燈飾設計,靈感是否來自這高掛樹梢的蟻巢。 黃猄蟻是野外常見的大型螞蟻。一些工蟻負責運來樹葉,另一些工蟻就抱著幼蟲,靠著幼蟲吐的絲,穿梭樹葉間將之縫合。 黃猄蟻的社群,有蟻后,而工蟻是不育的雌蟻,均由蟻后產卵受精而成。 此外,黃猄蟻與蚜蟲等同翅目昆蟲有獨特的互助關係。蚜蟲吸啜植物液汁,然後將多餘的水和糖分從尾部排走。這些分泌會誘發真菌滋生,覆蓋葉面的後果是影響到植物的光合作用。奇妙的自然總有相生相剋的對頭。黃猄蟻和其他螞蟻就最愛這些蜜露,甚至時常用觸角刺激這些同翅目昆蟲分泌,為牠們提供食量;而牠們則在日常生活中保護這些蚜蟲。 this is the work created by big ants in the wild. their common name is weaver ant. and this is the artwork they weave. they make nests in trees made of leaves stitched together using the silk produced by their larvae. their community is interesting. there is an ant queen, and... Continue Reading →

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