succinctly – Monarch moth caterpillar

Raupe des Monarchfalters

Monarch moth caterpillar

Long it took me to find out what might become of this bead, a monarch butterfly. He is a butterfly of the family Nymphalidae. He has reddish brownish wings with black veins and edges, on which two rows of white dots are. The wingspan is about 10 cm. In July, the females lay their eggs on leaves and stems of milkweed monarch or milkweed. In a few days the caterpillars eat this plant completely bare. This spurge contains toxins that make the caterpillars and butterflies for their predators unpalatable. On the underside of leaves, the caterpillars pupate and hatch after two weeks as a new butterfly.
Raupe des Monarchfalters Raupe des Monarchfalters
I have taken this caterpillar in the cloud forests of La Gomera.

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Volcanos San Antonio and Teneguia in La Palma



In the south of the island of La Palma below the village of Fuencaliente is the San Antonio volcano. A visitor center provides information about the origin of the island of La Palma and its volcanoes. For this purpose, an exhibition and a cinema room with a movie. Then you can on the crater rim to the southernmost points, go a lookout and feel Continue reading “Volcanos San Antonio and Teneguia in La Palma”

La Palma – The Saline Fuencaliente

Salinas Fuencaliente-de-la-Palma

Sea salt from the saltworks in Fuencaliente

At the southern tip of the Canary island of La Palma right next to the lighthouse – Faro de Fuencaliente – is the Saline Fuencaliente. The family company produces handcrafted finest salt.

Fuencaliente de la Palma Fuencaliente de la Palma

The company’s founder is Fernando Hernandez-Rodriguez. His son Fernando Hernández Villalba and his grandson Andrés Hernández-García produce the “Sal Marina Teneguía” in the traditional way. It is the only sea salt production facility in the Canary Islands, which is still in operation.


The path to a perfect sea salt is cumbersome and takes 3 to 5 weeks.

First, the Atlantic water, which contains about 36 grams of salt per liter off the southern tip of La Palma, passed in the so-called “Charca Madre”. This “mother pool” brings the sun, the water Continue reading “La Palma – The Saline Fuencaliente”

Roque de los Muchachos – La Palma Observatorio


Getting to the Roque de los Muchachos

The Roque de los Muchachos, the highest point on the crater rim of the Caldera de Taburiente and thus the highest point on the island of La Palma. It can be reached by rental car both from Santa Cruz de la Palma, as well from the west on the coast road and then the serpentines up to 2,426 meters. Even before you see the buildings of Roque-de-los Muchachos observatory is Continue reading “Roque de los Muchachos – La Palma Observatorio”

Gomera – Dream island for those seeking peace

Nebel auf der Insel Gomera

Fog draws about Las Hayas

Gomera, already the way there is the goal. While there is a small airport but the normal way via Tenerife and then by ferry to the island.

There are no coastal road on Gomera, all paths from one to another village lead through the cloud forest, the mountains spreads up to over 1000 m up. In the Barancos Continue reading “Gomera – Dream island for those seeking peace”