of all the superb creatures
found at Escuela Bella Vista in Maracaibo Venezuela, (and previously where I taught at the American international school of Maputo Mozambique). At least once a week a child brings me some arthropod or other creature to
identify, play with or admire. This blog seeks to honor those avid inquirers. Unlike the Lorax who spoke for the trees, Ispeakforthefleas! Enjoy.
Sugarplum the owl has joined us on campus for a few weeks. We are currently working on long flight training and "attack the gecko" skills so that release into the Elephant reserve can be achieved. Please pop in for a visit if you want to meet her.
We have some good news to share with you about yesterdays Service learning day. The Bioblitz team went out for a few hours to Jays lodge in Macaneta. It turns out that a very special dung beetle lives out there.
The Vondeling boys, Wouter and Joris were hanging around at the back when they found two little dung beetles. I posted pictures of the scarabs to the ADU. It turns out that they were scientifically described only last year. Meaning that, had we found them last year they might have been named Scarabaeus vondelingensis. What we do out there really helps, The scientists now have a better idea of the range (distribution) of this particular gorgeous dung beetle. Well done team Bioblitz.
Thanks goes to Chistian Deschodt from the ADU for identifying our scarab.