Robins Tchale-Watchou raccroche les crampons à 34 ans. L'international camerounais arrivé en France en 2005 du côté d'Aurillac a par la suite montré toutes ses qualités à son poste de deuxième ligne. Grand par la taille (1m98) comme par le talent il a marqué de son empreinte les clubs par lesquels il est passé dont Paris, l'USAP et enfin Montpellier. Coup de chapeau à ce grand homme du rugby président du syndicat des joueurs depuis 2014 qui aura disputé 275 matchs en pro.
Robins Tchale-Watchou hangs up his boots after 12 seasons as professionnal second-row.
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The flower and the cuckoo
No need here for info panels to know that you are in a fire-prone environment. The sageleaf rockrose (Cistus salviifolius) shown on my pic is a pyrophilous (= fire-adapted) pioneer shrub that enjoys freshly burnt sites. Its seeds, which have an impermeable, hard seed coat, able to withstand temperatures > 100 degrees C, are released by the heat of a wild fire. These days, flowering of the rockroses (which grow here in the sand, not in the rocks) is coming to an end. However, a few flowers were still in full bloom this week-end. The flowers last only a few hours, as they open in the morning and lose their petals in the afternoon. The five white petals have a yellow stain at their base, forming a basal ring-shaped nectary: can you see it? The nectar, along with the yellow pollen, are the rewards for the pollinating insects. As you can see, I found an 8 mm-long bright iridescent and multicoloured wasp in this rockrose flower. It is a cuckoo wasp of the family Chrysididae (probably a Hedychrum, but there are over 130 species worldwide and at least 13 in Europe, all extremely beautiful but quite similar). The parasitized hosts are solitary bees or solitary wasps living in burrows. The cuckoo wasp lays its eggs in the burrows along with the eggs of its host, taking advantage of the food collected by the host for its offspring, and eventually devouring the hosts’ larvae themselves. The cuckoo wasp has therefore something in common with the cuckoo (the bird) but also with the hedgehog (the mammal): if the adult is caught in the nest of its (typically larger and stronger) host whilst laying eggs, it curls up into a ball and remain motionless, protecting its vulnerable undersides and exposing its heavily armoured colorful upper parts.