Robber Fly

We have quite a few robber flies in Tenerife. This is the first one I have caught in the act of paralyzing his victim . They inject them with saliva that contains nerve toxins and digestive enzymes, then suck out their insides.

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Nature Diary – Flowers – Thorn Apple

A few months ago in I mentioned wanting to start a diary about nature well this is my first entry.

Thorn Apples are also called Datura or in spanish Hieba del Diablo translated means Herb of the devil. They are poisonous and related to deadly nightshade.

Although poisonous they are very pretty, and found in waste ground in Tenerife.

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Thorn Apple growing at side of road.

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spiky seed pods

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close up of seed pod

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very alien-ish inside pod.