3 Insects of Taiwan

Spending time out in the countryside means you get to meet some interesting beings. Furry, creepy and crafty, all sorts.

Here is a Macrobrochis Gigas Caterpillar, it’s almost cute, though I feel hesitant about picking one up, are they hairs or spines, I’m not sure, to see the butterfly which will come from this, here is a wiki link.

Next up is a “Face Spider”, also known as a “Banana Spider”, more scientifically known as a I don’t mind spiders when they aren’t on me, with a name like that though, the “Facehugger” alien from the Ridley Scott Alien movie, springs to mind, pun intended!

The next insect is a “Polistes Gigas Wasp”, with it’s paper nest, I have picked one of these nests up and they are incredibly light, now I wish I had kept it, what a beautiful thing it was.

I have some more photos of amazing insects from Taiwan to post, as soon as I can find out what their names are that is, any advice on the easiest way to search for a bugs names would be appreciated, comment below.

Thanks for reading, Sam.


Rev Phil Dred – Musician

I have known Phil, through friends in Cardiff, UK, he is a really interesting character, makes some nice tunes, I would describe his work as electronic, dub, and reggae, jazz, latin, eclectic, great tunes.

I have recently been focusing on musicians on Facebook, there are so many people making music, it’s fantastic and well worth taking the time to hear what your local and foreign neighbours are making, and so easy on Facebook.

Thanks for reading and listening, Sam.


Visiting Turtle/Shoe Island

Taiwanese locals will say it is called Turtle island, but I say it is Shoe island. Turtles are great of course and they believe here that tortoises are lucky, which maybe is true, but I have a lot more experience and appreciation toward a good pair of shoes and the cow (herbivore) that made the leather for them, it is indeed an important subject for someone with 30″ (12UK) sized feet, living in Asia, where it is very lucky to find a pair of shoes that fit.

The island looks like a shoe from the shore, I’m certain you’ll agree, but does indeed look like a turtle from the sea, as I discovered, but forgot to take a photo of during a recent boat trip there, as I was enjoying the voyage too much, apparently the turtle island name was coined by fishermen, who would have seen the island a little as I did, perhaps with great delight, as they returned home to family after a hard slog at sea.

Here’s a quick video, a shoe or a turtle, what do you think? Let me know in the comments and share some interestingly named places you’ve come across, that would be great.

Thanks for seeing, Sam.