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Larva of palpares hispanus

Una bestia entre la hojarasca

La larva de nuestra mayor hormiga león, la palpares hispanus, es un insecto del orden de los neurópteros, cuyo adulto recuerda mucho a las libélulas, aunque no muestra sus habilidades de vuelo.  Sus cuatro alas estrechas y alargadas lo impulsan de manera lenta y torpe y se pliegan a lo largo de su abdomen cuando están en […]

Lynx lying down

Iberian lynx, an unexpected encounter

Enric and his companions were enjoying that cool morning the lush nature of Doñana. We had been stopping every few minutes to watch small forest birds such as robin, black redstart, serin and sardinian warbler, and some red deer we came across on the way. We were all excited thinking of meeting the king of [...]
Lince on the prowl

Iberian lynx hunting

Early in the morning when we were entering the Park, we found one of our iberian lynx lying on the ground under the pine trees about 50 meters from us. We stopped the car and the animal, who was paying attention to something in the bushes, looked at us for a second and continued looking [...]
Antlion larvae on a hand

Antlion, the monster of the sands

Antlions are insects belonging to the order Neuroptera. They are not true ants, although their small larvae that can reach 1 cm in length may remind them. They are fierce predators of ants and other small insects that share with them the sandy soils in which they live. This small creatures, looking like something out of a […]

iberian lynx walking

Lynx at Ajolí Bridge

Look who was giving us access to the Park last June 1st. A male Lynx yawning quietly after drinking in the waters that still run under the Ajolí Bridge, next to El Rocío. He looked at us a few times as if he cared a hoot that we were there enjoying the sighting. While nightingales and […]

Snakefly

Snakefly, a living fossil

You have to fine tune your eyesight to locate one of these strange creatures; perched on a leaf of a mastic tree, the bark of a cork tree or a flower of a rockrose. It is now in spring when small insects like these populate our countryside; most go unnoticed for many of us, but if you’re lucky […]

Rana comun Donana

Amphibians of Doñana

There are 11 registered species of amphibians in the Doñana area. Conservation problems related to the alarming decline in the number of individuals are mainly caused by collisions, fishing in marshland areas, habitat destruction and use of pesticides, especially in rice fields. It has also been suggested that the introduction of the american crayfish in […]

red fox

Mammals of Doñana

The mammals in Doñana can be considered as the classic representatives of the predominant types of ecosystems in the Natural Area: the Mediterranean forest and the seasonal continental marshland. 38 species of mammals have been recorded in Doñana. Carnivorous 01.- Gray wolf – Canis lupus (Linnaeus, 1758). Extint. Harassed by man to extinction in Doñana, […]

Aphanius baeticus

Fish of Doñana

The high environmental heterogeneity of Doñana, resulting in a great variety of aquatic ecosystems with different conditions of salinity, turbidity, seasonality and humanization, has encouraged the development of a rich fish community. Some species are sedentary, completing their life cycle in Doñana, others only spend part of their lives in the area, while the group […]

young eyed lizard

Reptiles of Doñana

The problems for the conservation of these species are in many cases the same as those for amphibians, but it is also important to take in account here the effects of myxomatosis that repeatedly reduced populations of rabbits in the 60s and 70s. Being the rabbit one of the basic preys of large vertebrate predator […]

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