Eggs of the 'Canard Sauvage', by A L Wirsing (1772) - detail

Nest eggs

31 March 2013 by

The cartoonish notion of nicotine-scavenging sparrows is brought irresistibly to mind by a recent (very serious) Biology Letters paper ‘Incorporation…

Podarcis sicula coerulea, from Theodor Eimer 'Zoologische Studien auf Capri: II' (1874)

Mediterranean blue

19 March 2013 by

It’s always nice to see an old friend, especially in an unexpected place. I was very pleased, therefore, and slightly…