it is quite difficult to find much mention of insects in tourist guides
to the island. That is for a reason: simply put, there is not enough
of the insect life to be concerned about. There are no poisonous insects
or animals on the main island or Porto Santo. The most abundant of insects
are the normal garden variety: honey bees, flies, butterflies,
fishmoths, and the odd small spider or two.
once in every ten or twenty years will a swarm of locusts fly
over from the Sahara desert to Madeira by irregular winds. But this
is such a rarity that it should not be taken into serious consideration.
from insects there can be an abundance of small lizards in the
sunnier and brighter parts of Madeira.
fauna could include the odd goat or cow - like the goat
on the levada in the picture opposite. There are falcons on the
north coast of the island, they easily hunt one of the smaller variety
of rodents such as field mice, or even larger animals such as
abundant of fauna seems to be the pigeons in the city or urban
areas. However, there is a protected species of pigeons endemic to the
island in the Laurisilva Forest: the Columba Trocaz in
Latin, or the long-toed pigeon. Please be very careful not to
disturb the wildlife in their naturally protected environments of the
summer, or autumn you may want to bring an insect repellent to ward
off the small mosquitoes that show up for a brief period of time
- mostly only in the evening.