Flora from our finca Navasola and inspiration for writing Call of the Wild Valley. These are mentioned in the early chapters and towards the end of the novel the role of the wild peony is very important.
Wild Peony - Peony broteri is the flower Buff the buff-tailed bumble bee loves. It has a wide open structure that pollinators can easily enter into unlike many of the cultivated garden varieties. It seems to survive the digging and ploughing of the wild boar. It has many herbal healing properties but its roots are poisonous. It is a favourite for bumble bees and their 'buzz pollination' style which on landing creates a lot of pollen dust that is more easily distributed around to other flowers and onto a variety of insects.
TwoTailed Pasha butterfly, Charax jasius, lays its eggs on the evergreen madrono, these hatch into an almost monstrous looking caterpillar that likes to munch on the tough leathery evergreen leaves of Arbutus unedo, and when ready forms a chrysalis that can over winter. In late Spring/early summer this large and beautiful butterfly emerges. But she has from our human point of view rather disgusting tastes. She extracts minerals from the faeces and urine of certain mammals like foxes. And is also fond of rotting fruit.