Eulophia horsfallii is a true monster amongst orchids. This week we have seen several colonies of plants in Kamiranzovu swamp as well as a few plants along the roadside. Although July is not the main flowering period there are plenty of flowers about and the flower spikes are taller than Jacob.
Hi Georgia here (on Simon’s ipad) We all had a wonderful day with the students of our final two partner schools; walking down hills, finding orchids, becoming landing pads for butterflies and walking back up the hills. Where did the time go? We hope they had as brilliant time learning about Nyungwe and orchids as we did sharing our knowledge.
We may be out here to look at orchids but the occasional small animal or insect has caught our attention, particularly if said insects happen to be marching across the path (first 2 photos), as was the case with the ants! The third photo is what we think is a flying ant, although their flight is a little erratic, leading to numerous collisions with peoples heads, the caterpillar is one of many that we’ve seen, all just as hairy. There have been quite a few frogs, although its possible that they have been harder to get pictures of than the butterflies due to their rapid jumping, normally just as you take to picture. The final photo is of a particularly large and dramatic blue butterfly that we spotted in the swamps, although there have been literally hundreds of butterflies about.
Our next set of workshops have just started with students from FAWE girls and college Amis des enfants. We are really excited about all the information we want to share including: orchid anatomy, diversity, life cycles and of course lab skills.