Female Amethyst Sunbird Benji on the front wall. Our resident Garden Orb Weaver. Hasn’t moved since she established her web among the lavender. Milkweed Locust. Mané – ”Did you see that?” Painted Lady Mr & Mrs. Flycatcher Ark
Was greeted by this sight from over the other side of the valley as I wandered to the edge of the property, coffee in hand this morning. Probably just some seasonal burning off of scrub. I hope it was nothing worse than that? What’s the buzz? Surprisingly, there are still a couple of tomato plants … More Bits n’ Bobs and odds and ends
Common Diadem. Photographed this morning. Ark.
Common Leopard – Phalanta phalantha A rare visitor indeed! Buffalo Heart Tomato – picked from the garden yesterday. Will ripen fully in a day or two. Best tasting tomatoes we have eaten. Hillbrow Post Office Tower – Saturday, After the Rain. Benji: ‘Check Diary – no appointments, have a snooze.’ Ark
Pinacopteryx eriphia, Zebra White. Colotis evenina – female – Common orange tip, Photographed today. And speaking of the Orange Tip … The previous butterfly post I featured this shot. Which I thought was a Common Orange Tip. However, this is what Mark Williams, one of the people in the know over at the SA butterfly … More It fluttered by …..again
The Brown Veined White migration is still in full swing and the garden is like an endless stream of fragile, almost diaphanous wings, from sunup until sundown when our migrants alight on the lavender bushes and rest for the night. As mentioned before, there are other butterflies in among the main body. Whether these are … More Passengers on the flight
It’s the annual migration of the Brown Veined White as millions of butterflies begin the migration journey , or more accurately emigration, as they do not return. From the south western regions of South Africa the butterflies make their way north east towards Mozambique and head out across open water towards Madagascar. We are fortunate … More It fluttered by
We are down to the final two Swallowtail chrysalis and this morning as I sat at my computer, Catherine, who’s spending the day, pointed to the 5ltr water bottle on my desk and exclaimed: ”Look, Ark, there’s a butterfly in the bottle.” I hadn’t even noticed! And then there was one … Cindy has … More It fluttered by – through the eyes of a child.
I awoke this morning to discover two of the remaining four Swallowtails completing the final transition to adulthood. One had fully emerged from its cocoon and was already hanging from the side of the water bottle drying its wings. The second, was still busy. I managed a couple of shots. Not the best of … More It fluttered by: New Swallowtails
Was out of bed early this morning … 5:30 … and after making a coffee and pottering about for a bit I went into my office and was greeted by this … Having emerged from its cocoon not long before this shot was taken. I coaxed it from the plastic container, and it eagerly climbed … More It fluttered by. All Change!
Jumping Spider Long Horned Beetle Virgil 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 … More Bugs, Birds, Butterflies and Bits n’ Bobs
Citrus Swallowtail caterpillar in defensive posture. When feeling threatened, as is the case here, the caterpillar will extend this impressive double branched horn-like protuberance to ward off attackers. In this instance the threat was moi as I was attempting to gently lift the caterpillar from the leaf it was on to relocate it. As I … More Feeling a little horny?