The black-winged stilt, common stilt, or pied stilt (Himantopus himantopus) is a widely distributed very long-legged wader in the avocet and stilt family. (Recurvirostridae).
Adults are 33–36 cm long. They have long pink legs, a long thin black
bill and are blackish above and white below, with a white head and neck
with a varying amount of black. Males have a black back, often with
greenish gloss. Females' backs have a brown hue, contrasting with the
In the populations that have the top of the head normally white at
least in winter, females tend to have less black on head and neck all
year round, while males often have much black, particularly in summer.
This difference is not clear-cut, however, and males usually get
all-white heads in winter
Dracunculus is a genus of 3 species of a tuberous perennial of the family Araceae. They are characterised by a large purple spathe and spadix, often produced in advance of the pedate, dark green leaves often with white mottling. The open spathe is usually accompanied by a foul smell.
The species native in Menorca is Dragons Mouth Arum (Dracunculus Muscivorus). The common name refers to the unique and powerful scent! 'Probably the
most disgusting flower I have ever encountered...' was one group
member's reaction to seeing this rare relative of the common Dragon
Arum and the word 'muscivorus' means
fly-eating. but it merely attracts them with that dead meat scent to
spread the pollen, as it happens with other Arums.
Both pictures were shoted by Ms. Carol Crawford, Guest, Ecologist and Artist.