Two-tailed Pashas at the Gibraltar Botanic Gardens

This summer the Botanic Gardens have installed a number of butterfly feeding tables, which have been a great success.  

The tables are supplied with succulent, mature, cut fruit, and butterflies love to drink the juices as the fruits begin to ferment.  In particular, Two-tailed pashas Charaxes jasius, are the most prolific of species, with many coming to feed in the mornings and early afternoons.  They are sometimes joined by Speckled Wood Pararge aegeria, butterflies and on occasions the Monarch butterfly.  Also wasps and beetles are attracted to the table.  Its been a great success with the public and tourists alike, who are seen taking photos of the aggregation of butterflies at the table.  Behind we can see orange flowers of the Milkweed, Asclepias curassavica, the foodplant of the Monarch butterfly.  You may be lucky to see the Monarch caterpillars, in their yellow and black colouration, and their striking horns, feeding on the leaves of this plant.  Also behind this table are the blue flowers of the Heliotrope, a sweet scented favourite of other species of butterflies, such as the Small White Pieris rapae, the Andalusian Blue, Polyommatus celina, and the Geranium Bronze butterfly Cacyreus marshalli.

 

Please come to the gardens to enjoy the profusion of butterfly species and take some nice photographs.

Dismay at Handling of Illegal Raking Case

Dismay at Handling of Illegal Raking Case

GONHS has noted the regrettable outcome of the illegal raking case, which dates back to an incident at Catalan Bay on 26th December 2014, and which GONHS has been closely monitoring.

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Flora of Gibraltar website

Flora of Gibraltar website

The Gibraltar Botanic Gardens together with GONHS launched an online ‘Flora of Gibraltar’ project yesterday.

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Griffon Vulture 'Harry' crosses the Strait

Griffon Vulture 'Harry' crosses the Strait

'Harry', one of the Griffon Vultures that was rescued from the sea in May and was tagged and fitted with a GPS tracker as part of VULTURE TRACK, crossed the Strait of Gibraltar yesterday.

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Birds Ringed at the Observatory

Birds Ringed at the Observatory

Here is a gallery of some of the rare and more unusual birds that have been trapped and ringed at the Observatory this autumn.

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Autumn flowers

Autumn flowers

There are some characteristic plants that begin to flower in the autumn, with some already present and others beginning to flower now.

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EuroBirdwatch 2017 (part 2)

EuroBirdwatch 2017 (part 2)

The second part of EuroBirdwatch took place on Saturday 7th October during the morning.  Ringer in residence, Ray Marsh, was at the event ringing birds caught at the Gibraltar Botanic Gardens to show to members of the public.

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Why is the Wryneck so called?

Why is the Wryneck so called?

The Wryneck gets its name from the ability to turn its head from side to side and back and forth in the manner of a snake.  This ability is thought to imitate a snake, to deter predators from their nest.  They will also assume this habit when held in the hand.  See our video

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International Bat Night 2017

International Bat Night 2017

The 10th edition of the International Bat Night under the auspices of Eurobats / BatLife Europe was held on Friday 6th October 2017 at the Open Air Theatre at the Gibraltar Botanic Gardens.

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