25 June ’19
So scarce these past two years that seeing this very handsome young lady among a patch of lavender had me smiling from ear to ear.
Photographed this afternoon
Alternate common name: Diadem
Afrikaans common names: Blouglans (male), Na-aper (female)
Wingspan: ♂ 60–65 mm ♀ 70–80 mm
Notes: Male is a strong fl ier and is territorial on hilltops and in forest
clearings. Sexes dimorphic, distinctive. Polymorphic females are mimics of
all forms of the unpalatable African Monarch. Prefers wooded country and
often visits gardens and fl owers.
Flight period: Year-round, peak late summer.
The rule of thirds is a standard photographers use to frame their images. You divide the frame into a grid of three across and three down, and then don’t put your subject in the middle square.
Thanks to Nancy over at ….
According to NASA Cyclone Kenneth has just been upgraded to a category 4 hurricane and will hit landfall (Eastern Africa) later today (25th).
We’ve just had a heavy downpour with hail battering everything for around ten minutes.
And to think that it was bright and sunny when I went for my morning constitutional.
Oh well … time to break out the Wellies.
Crab Spider and Fly
Brown Button and prey.
A second Citrus Swallowtail caterpiller I found and brought inside.
Rescuing a trapped dove.
Benji giving me the eye
It looks like a Thyreus (Cuckoo Bee), but it isn’t.
It has different eyes and a pointed rear as opposed to a more rounded bum like the Thyreus.
Thyreus resting on Lavender
Hmmm …. I wonder what this bee mimic is?
Someone on S.A. Butterflies, Bugs, Bees and other small things, has just identified the bee.
It is called Coelioxys, and is a leaf cutter bee.