Insects and Little things

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.
Ants across the path
Close up of ants
Flying ant?


Birds of Nyungwe

We may be here on a botanical trip but the non-plant wildlife of Nyungwe is hard to ignore. For somebody used to taking pictures of orchids (which are considerate enough to stay in one place) photographing birds is a challenge, but the sunbirds feeding on some of the native plants stay still just long enough to get a good picture. This is a female sunbird feeding on a Brillantaisia in Kamiranzovu swamp, two regal sunbirds and a Ruwenzori double-collared sunbird on giant Lobelia gibberoa, and a very large bird of prey in a tree near the KCCEM library




By the way the tree is Polyscias fulva and this post is by Amy using Simon’s iPad.


Orchid of the day – Satyrium crassicaule

Today’s orchid is another of the magnificent terrestrial species from Kamiranzovu swamp. Satyrium crassicaule is an easy one for the Rwandan school children to identify because of the double spur (like devils horns) characteristic of Satyrium species. This is a really robust species that is just coming into flower now with flower spikes that can grow to over 1m tall. Pity we don’t have these in the UK.