Bugs, Birds, Butterflies and Bits n’ Bobs

Jumping Spider


Long Horned Beetle


Kirby’s Dropwing.

Fire Tailed Resin Bee

Extremely harmless Scorpion Spider (Platyoides walteri) – even to Scottie and Nan.

Garden Commodore.

These butterflies have a Summer(wet) and a Winter (dry) form. First one I have seen this season.

Tiny Lappet Moth caterpillar. Rescued from one of the cats, it is now safely in a container next to the Citrus Swallowtail caterpillars.

Yellow Crab Spider on Gazania.

We look as if we are going to get a bumper flowering of Cosmos this summer so I hope this is a good sign we’ll see the return of an abundance of  crab spiders.

Hadeda Ibis takes a turn around the valley.

From a distance these birds always remind of pterodactyls. Jurassic World anybody?

Amegilla Bee.


Seemingly oblivious to any feelings of dampness, Meeka dangles her tail in the pond. Maybe she was trying out a new form of fishing?


As the sun goes down.







26 thoughts on “Bugs, Birds, Butterflies and Bits n’ Bobs

    1. Long stick ( bamboo cane or similar) and a bucket. Gently coax the centipede into the bucket – dispose of thoughtfully in your garden.
      And if you don’t send me photos I will not be amused.
      I hope you are not actually in the shower as we speak?

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    1. She is a getting on a bit so perhaps she’s a bit doolally?
      As my mum is won’t to observe: ”No sense , no feeling.”
      I was tempted to ask if she dangled her rear in the pool for no apparent reason, but self- preservation kicked in at the crucial moment.

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  1. Hello Ark. I have to say you let far too many things crawl on your hands. A question about the scorpion spider, your picture is so sharp and clear it seems the spider is missing one of its pedipalp? I was surprised to hear Meeka is older, from the picture I thought she was a kitten. I guess I am use to the… overweight pampered cats that took over my house. By the way did you get a good look at that jumping spiders face? Seems to me she is having serious thoughts about have fast she can sink her fangs into you then spring jump to your hair to do nasty things to your scalp why using your hair to make a nest for its offspring. If you feel any tickling in your ears it is only the young looking for a warmer place. Hugs

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    1. I checked the other photos of the scorpion spider and it seems the other pedipalp is there, but behind its left leg and it is the camera angle that hides it from view. Well spotted, though!

      Meeka has had a few health issues as she has aged – not uncommon with older cats, and she tends to struggle to maintain weight. We monitor her condition and also feed her by hand these days to ensure she gets adequate nutrition.

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  2. Love’em all. Even the scorpion spider. I won’t say cute, but it is interesting…I’m a fan of the glass/cardboard rescue method, of course, it we’re talking feet and not inches, I’d say a shotgun might be in order. Centipedes give me the pip, they scurry so…

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