And here we are … 2022.

The annual African Caper White (e)migration is under way, and while by no means a record year as before there are still plenty of butterflies passing through the Ark’s spot as they make their way north and then turn right and head out towards Moçambique  where they most likely die and fall into the sea.

”Look what the cat dragged in.”

Death’s Head Hawkmoth Caterpillar.

Now safely ensconced among some potato leaves in a container on my desk. Soon it will burrow in the dirt and start the pupating process – around six weeks.

Expect photos in the not too distant future!

And another ‘gift’ presented to us by one of the cats.

Uninjured but no doubt suffering from shock the mouse is recovering in an old hamster cage. It has taken water but we can’t tell if it has eaten anything yet. It will be released back into the garden at a date to be determined … by Emily. I am not holding my breath.

I only noticed this because of a wasp nearby on the same branch. No idea what this is but its camouflage is superb!


Baby Bark Mantis spotted on the Nectarine tree this afternoon. Cute as a button. Hope it gets lucky and avoids all the inevitable predatory attention!

And finally …..For Nan!


How can you not smile at this?  A devoted mother and her recently hatched babies!

Because of where she has constructed / positioned her nest a decent angle for photographs is pretty much impossible and all attempts to get closer have seen her scurry away.

The third shot I simply held the camera aloft and clicked away.

We are keeping a very watchful eye on this young mum, especially to ward off any attentions from the parasitic Pompilid Wasp.







23 thoughts on “And here we are … 2022.

  1. Your dry humour aside, which I enjoy, these photographs illustrate how close we are to nature if only we will open our eyes to really see what is around us.

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    1. You’ll know that once one begins taking photographs one’s awareness increases tenfold and more and a whole new never-before-seen world opens up.
      It truly is wonderful what’s there right under our neses!

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  2. Your cat has certainly been busy but glad you came to rescue…even the mouse. Seem kinda sad the butterfly might fall into the ocean but Nature does what Nature does.Good photos by the way..thanks

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  3. We have a tree infested with these little white bugs… who don’t even appear to move. The tree is shedding leaves like rain. And it’s spreading to other bushes. Any ideas how to treat something big–like 20 meters tall?


        1. Dunno … but there are varieties of scale so I wouldn’t rule it out. But I’m no etymologist.

          There must be a local nursery near you? Maybe try the Uni? If it’s a local bug someone should ID it in a trice.
          Meantime, you could try spraying or washing with dishwash liquid or even chucking some wood ash on a few patches to see if it works.( I read that ash will smother scale and other stationary bugs rather than wash off)
          I never use pesticides in my garden because of the fish for one thing.

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          1. We’ve used soapy water on the bushes, and that’s worked. But the tree is just too big. In fact, it’s not even a real tree, but a dwarf umbrella tree which is now massive… like twenty/twenty-five metres tall. No way to do the whole thing.

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          2. That is a big tree! Sorry, no idea how to cope with that.
            Maybe a local garden service might have some idea and the equipment as well?

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          3. It is big. The biggest I’ve ever seen of that type. Full of birds, too.

            Looking at some pictures, I think they’re mealybugs (probably a type of scale). If this bloody rain ever stops the sun, I think, will burn them off.

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      1. There’s a lot of spiders abounding that if one of them crawled onto me I’d fill those Big Boy pants in an instant. Photos, though I can live with.
        Furthermore: spiders … brrrrrrr!

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          1. But I have lived with the dread katipo running around. I had a theory, and it worked well — “If I leave you alone, Spider … you’ll leave me alone; deal?”

            And now I’m told that spiders are deaf. Worse than that, here on Mud Island they (oops, we) have poisonous snakes in the grass. Sheesh!


  4. Dammit … I just posted a comment and it was returned unopened.

    (If this one launches I’ll try to recreate what I said there and post it here …)


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