Grown from a single small slice with one ‘eye’. Enough for a packet of chips and then some…. Ark.
The annual Caper White emigration/migration is under way and once again the garden is at times a fluttering haze of delicate powdery wings as millions upon millions of these butterflies make their way North then East from the Karoo in the Cape. And there are the occasional passengers along for the ride. Female Belenois creona … More Lazy Saturday. It fluttered by.
It’s quite amazing how close these beauties will allow me to approach before they take flight. Even then, they will usually flit close by only to alight on the same spot. While these images are cropped, I was no more than a ruler’s length away and on several shots even the click of the … More More Dragons!
Spotted this morning. This beauty is called the Gaudy Commodore (Precis octavia sesamus) and like it’s more plain cousin, the Garden Commodore, has seasonal dimorphism – wet and dry (summer and winter) versions. This is the summer rainfall version. The winter version is a vibrant blue pattern. Now that the summer cousin has visited maybe it’s … More It fluttered by. New Species!
Crab Spider indulges in a spot of lunch. My second attempt at air layering one of our lemon trees. This time things turned out more successful as the newly potted tree below shows. Potted and mulched and settling in. Beetle – not sure of the species. Freshly excavated potatoes ( Boxing Day ) drying in … More Leading you up the garden path.
Death’s Head Hawkmoth Caterpillar. As soon s it was rescued from the attentions of the cat it was put into a box for safety while I nipped out to the garden to sort out a temporary home for it. Within minutes of depositing it atop the soil it began to burrow. Soon it had completely … More Look what the cat dragged in!
Well, one dragon at least. Kirby’s Dropwing 21/12/20 Ark
Carpenter Bee Over Cosmos. Encedon Acraea Across The Valley. Crab Spider. Cosmos. Century Cactus – bottom of the drive. Twin Dotted Border. White Agapanthus Citrus Swallowtail Dusk Sunset. Ark.
Okay, I admit, I have shared a shower or two in my time with members of the opposite sex; all in a good cause, you understand? Saving water is an important part of conservation, and in this instance there is the added bonus of having someone on hand to scrub one’s back. That said, I … More A sting in the tale?
While mucking about in the garden with Catherine yesterday afternoon – she and her mum had come for dinner and we were checking up on the tomatoes she had seeded – she looked up and pointed. ”Look, Douglas, birds.” Good eyesight she has. Way, way up high riding the thermals was a large flock of … More Watch the birdy
Cellphone shot courtesy of Ems of unknown beetle that landed on moi. Ark