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All Ablaze

Travelling around beautiful Bermuda in the summer months is made all the more stunning by the flowering of our royal poinciana trees. In full bloom in June and July, the sight of these trees ablaze in red can be breathtaking. It’s no wonder the poinciana is also called flame tree or flamboyant. The species was previously placed in the genus Poinciana, named for Phillippe de Longvilliers de Poincy, the seventeenth-century governor of Saint Kitts, which is why, we suppose, it’s…


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Male and Female Trees

Did you know that plants can be male or female, just like animals can? That’s right, though it seems foreign to us, all plants reproduce sexually – by the fusion of gametes. Some plants, like a hibiscus, have both male…


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Is it a Butterfly or a Moth?

It’s easy to confuse moths and butterflies. In fact, insects in general are often overlooked members of the animal kingdom, and few people make it a priority to identify them the way they would a mammal. Many different varieties of…


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Say Hello To Migratory Sharks With OCEARCH

The waters around Bermuda are teeming with sharks. We forget about them because they seldom travel within the reef line, but occasionally a few little ones will venture through. In July 2014, two snorkelers spotted a four foot long reef…


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Spittal Pond

The boundless beauty of Bermuda’s largest nature reserve and wildlife sanctuary. Look at any contemporary map of Bermuda and you can see that the Spittal Pond Nature Reserve is a reassuringly large green blob. That’s because it’s legally protected green…

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Field Notes: The Canary or Cavendish Banana

Article first published in The Bermudian in September 1952. Visitors to Bermuda show a keen interest in the Banana. Probably more photographs are taken of this plant than of any other. To the resident of the tropical and sub-tropical countries,…