Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Wenshan Jingmei Sports Park 文山景美運動公園

So far this summer it's been raining every single afternoon.
We haven't had a dry nature class for months, but that's ok.
This week we went to Wenshan Jingmei Sports Park not far from Wanlong MRT station 萬隆捷運站. You can enter the park from No. 80 Jingfeng St 景豐街80號.
As soon as the class started it started to rain ...

There is a small pond in the park:



There is also a playground and a green area ... not for playing ball as the sign says:



This park is known for the unbelievable number of cicadas. They are everywhere - on trees, on ground, on sidewalks, in the air and even on our teacher's arm. And of course they do make a lot of noise.


We found quite a few dead ones, some of them died during moulting. The one below had an undeveloped wing.


There are also other small creatures:

Atractomorpha (grasshopper) - 紅後負蝗


Longhorn beetle -  天牛 - Cerambycidae - Chrząszcz kózkowaty

Millipede - 千足蟲 - Diplopoda - Dwuparzec

Swinhoe's japalura - 斯文蒙氏攀木蜥蜴 - Japalura swinhosis


Young Giant African land snail - 非洲大踻牛 - Achatina fulica

Beside little critters we looked at some trees:

Chinese pistache

Formosan gum

Crape myrtle - 紫薇 - Lagerstroemia indica - Lagerstremia

Beautyberry - 紫珠 - Callicarpa japonica - Pięknotka

When it rained we found a shelter and the teacher read some nice books to the kids:



Girls still had fun waiting for the rain to stop:




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