Tursiops truncatus (Bottlenose dolphin; Golfinho-roaz; Großer Tümmler)
Sterna hirundo (Common tern; Garajau-comum; Fluss-Seeschwalbe)
Aeonium glandulosum, endemic (Disc Houseleek; Ensaião; Drüsen-Aeonium)
Regulus madeirensis, endemic (Madeira firecrest; Bis-bis; Madeiragoldhähnchen)
Lacerta dugesii, endemic (Madeiran wall lizard; Lagartixa-da-madeira; Madeira-Eidechse)
Calonectris borealis (Cory’s shearwater; Cagarra; Sepiasturmtaucher)
Larus michahellis (Yellow-legged gull; Gaivota-de-patas-amarelas; Mittelmeermöwe)
Borago officinalis, known as borage or starflower, is an annual herb in the flowering plant family Boraginaceae. It is native to the Mediterranean region and has naturalized in many other places. The leaves are edible and the plant is grown in gardens for that purpose in some parts of Europe. As a fresh vegetable, with a cucumber-like taste, it is often used in salads or as a garnish. The flower has a sweet honey-like taste and is used to decorate desserts and cocktails. It is also commercially cultivated for borage seed oil.
Traditionally, Borago officinalis has been used in hyperactive gastrointestinal, respiratory and cardiovascular disorders, such as gastrointestinal (colic, cramps, diarrhea), airways (asthma, bronchitis), cardiovascular (cardiotonic, antihypertensive and blood purifier), urinary (diuretic and kidney-bladder disorders).
Naturopathic practitioners use borage for regulation of metabolism and the hormonal system, and consider it to be a good remedy for PMS and menopause symptoms such as the hot flash. The flowers can be prepared in infusion. (source: Wikipedia)
What a remarkable time to be in the forest. SO much to see and learn. Love it, love it, love it.
Susanne’s proud hens and rooster. Aren’t they something?
en Common yellow swallowtail
These two are made for each other.
en Sloe bug
Dolycoris baccarum, the sloe bug, is a species of shield bug in the family Pentatomidae. It is widespread in most of Europe and Central Asia. These shield bugs mainly inhabit hedgerows and woodland edges, fields, forests, parks and gardens.
Adults can be found all year around, as they overwinter. They emerge in the following spring, when they mate and females lay eggs. By the end of summer the new generation of adults appear. Larvae feed on many plants, especially Rosaceae and Asteraceae species. Adults can be found frequently on shrubs feeding on berries like honeysuckle and raspberry. (source: Wikipedia)
Mushroom season is here and the diversity and beauty are amazing! Came across this bunch and many others on a walk through the forest, and I’d say the animals were way quicker in noticing it than me — more than half of the mushrooms were partly eaten. Slugs seem to love them.
en Silver-washed fritillary
Argynnis paphia is a common and variable butterfly found over much of the Palaearctic ecozone.
Adults feed on the nectar of bramble, thistles, and knapweeds, and also on aphid honeydew. The silver-washed is a strong flier, and more mobile than other fritillaries, and, as such, can be seen gliding above the tree canopy at high speed. Its preferred habitat is thin, sunny, deciduous woodland, especially oaks, but it has been known to live in coniferous woodland.
Unusually for a butterfly, the female does not lay her eggs on the leaves or stem of the caterpillar’s food source (in this case violets), but instead one or two meters above the woodland floor in the crevices of tree bark close to clumps of violets. When the egg hatches in August, the caterpillar immediately goes into hibernation until spring. Upon awakening, it will drop to the ground and feed on violets close to the base of the tree. (source: Wikipedia)