The Nature of Crete

By Steve Daniels | If you love nature and Mediterranean islands then this is the magazine for you. It features blogs, articles and snippets about the wonderful flora and fauna of Crete, Greece.

Steve's Nature Quiz #11

Is your bath sponge a dead<p>a) animal?<p>b) plant?<p>c) fungus?<p>Welcome to the venerable world of the demospongiae. These animals have been around for over …

Vitamins

Steve's Nature Quiz #10

What is the simplest way to recognize a beetle?<p>a) from its head<p>b) from its wings<p>c) from its legs<p>Although the head and legs can tell you a lot about …

Vitamins

Chicory or Endive?

Food is everywhere in Crete, Greece if you know where to look for it such as this Chicory (or is it endive?) growing by the roadside. Taken with a …

Depression

Horned Caterpillars

One morning I noticed that the leaves on my grapevine were disappearing and it didn't take long to find the culprit. A rather large, green …

Chronic Pain

A Bush Full of Beetles

One of the marvellous things about Crete is that there is food growing just about everywhere. Even here on the side of the main road running through …

Vitamins

Steve's Nature Quiz #9

Bees, Wasps and Ants form the insect order Hymenoptera but which two are most closely related?<p>a) Bees and Wasps?<p>b) Wasps and Ants<p>c) Bees and Ants<p>It …

Depression

The Magnificent Longhorn Beetles

This spectacular Longhorn Beetle (family Cerambycidae) from the island of Crete in the Mediterranean really lives up to his name. Those tremendous …

Animals

Old School Spiders and Killer Spuds

We'll start where we left off last week at the derelict dwellings and make our way down to the heart of the village but before we do I've just seen …

Vitamins

The Jewel Beetle

This beautiful <i>Julodis</i> beetle from Crete, Greece looks like a little golden sphere of sunlight in flight. It is a member of the Buprestidae family of …

The Robber Fly

This Robber Fly (AKA Assassin Fly), <i>Cerdistus creticus,</i> is endemic to the island of Crete in the Mediterranean. Despite his friendly Father Christmas …

Jumpers, Jewels and Jurassic Shells

We'll leave the denizens of the Wildlife Hotel to their own devices and continue our walk around the village along the top track. A couple of weeks …

Steve's Nature Quiz #7

Is this insect<p>a) a stick insect?<p>b) a grasshopper?<p>c) a katydid?<p>The first clue here is in those back legs; they are huge in comparison with the front …

Silent Slant-faced Grasshopper

I like an insect that you can pick up and make friends with; like this magnificent Silent Slant-faced Grasshopper (Subfamily Acridinae). Isn't he a …

iNaturalist

The iNaturalist Android app helps you upload citizen science observations of plants and animals to the iNaturalist.org online community for …

Cretan Ebony

Cretan Ebony (<i>Ebenus cretica</i>) is a member of the pea family, Fabaceae, and is native to the island of Crete. Its flowers are much appreciated at this …

Welcome to the Wildlife Hotel

This is it, the Wildlife Hotel. It wasn't designed as such but is an abandoned project that has been this way since before I arrived in 2004. …

Steve's Nature Quiz #6

In the language of flowers does a gladiolus mean<p>a) Give me another chance?<p>b) Don't touch me?<p>c) I will never forget you?<p>If you were to present someone …

Say It With Flowers

Following on from last week's walk I thought we'd cross the road, stroll up past the Remembrance garden and explore the meadow and hillside beyond. I …

Crete - July 2008

Crete - July 2008<p>During the wintertime in the year 2008 I have got my indispensable fotocamera which I using until today. The first documentation of …

Steve's Nature Quiz #5

Which of these beetles is the odd one out?<p>a) the blue/green one on the left<p>b) the black one in the middle<p>c) the brown one on the right<p>The answer is …

Nature - Travel Guide for Island Crete, Greece

Crete has a rich biodiversity and the best moment to witness this is in the spring when the flora is at its best. Over 1.700 species have been …

Bats - Travel Guide for Island Crete, Greece

Crete apart from isolated forests and the many abandoned farmhouses, has more than 2000 caves, which increase in more than 5000 with small cavities. …

Richtis Gorge - Travel Guide for Island Crete, Greece

The amazing gorge of Richtis is located in Lasithi Prefecture, on the north side, between Agios Nikolaos and Sitia. It starts just outside the …

Adrianos Gorge - Travel Guide for Island Crete, Greece

Adrianos Gorge - 4.5 out of 5 based on 2 votes<p>The gorge of Adrianos starts from the village Adrianos. In some places there are high rocks that impede …

This Is Ferma

“Ferma is a settlement in the municipality of Ierapetra on the island of Crete. It is situated at the coast, 11 kilometers east of Ierapetra. Its …

Steve's Nature Quiz #4

Is this butterfly in the family<p>a) Pieridae (Whites and Yellows)<p>b) Nymphalidae (Browns)<p>c) Lycaenidae (Blues)<p>Even though it looks mainly brown the …

Taking It Easy

What a lovely day for wandering along the beach and taking it easy after our exertions down the valley. I see that we have another of those Bee flies …

Steve's Nature Quiz #3

Is a Grove Snail most closely related to:<p>a) a prawn?<p>b) an earthworm?<p>c) an octopus?<p>All animals are divided into groups based upon their body plans. …

Once More Onto The Beach, Dear Friends

Back in the middle of November last year we began our Descent into the Milonas Valley and here we are in the middle of April rapidly approaching the …