The rather splendid purple thistles which grow around the house have recently come into flower and are attracting a great many interesting insects. The most striking of these are the giant scolia wasps – Scolia erythrocephala to be precise – which might alarm some but are in fact quite harmless. The females have orange heads and rusty-red wings tipped with iridescent blue. I never saw these wasps when we lived in Granada, but I understand that they are usually found in Valencia and, obviously, here in this part of Almeria.
The presence of so many insects is attracting bee eaters and all day long we can hear their trilling song and see them darting and swooping after flying insects.