We would not wish to speak too soon but this year appears to be mosquito lite. Either that or we are becoming less attractive to them. We have been bitten – yes, but not as much as we were last year (or as we used to be when we came here on our holidays). The Belediye mosquito spraying truck comes round every evening at about nine, we have a plug in mosquito killer in the bedroom (which we sometimes forget to use) but neither of us has been using the deet… There don’t seem to be as many flies as last year either. Or maybe we have just learned to deal with them.
We do see plenty of wildlife though. We saw a little pink gecko on the wall of the front house last week. We see plenty of jumping spiders. The swallows have bred successfully and like to sit on the wire that brings electricity into our house. They peer down at us with a curious air. The young storks are practicing – jumping up and down in their nests and exercising their wings. We’ve not seen any take off… yet. Maybe we are looking in the wrong direction. At night bats fly in and out of the shelter on our balcony. Green shield beetles bombard us as we sit and read. We see plenty of other beetles (thankfully, to date, no cockroaches).
And a few days back, we found this splendid specimen in our flower bed… Well, on our solar powered lamp that sits in the flower bed.