Amegilla bee visits a Plectranthus plant by the pond. 12/4/21 And …. for your edification. Amegilla bees are a group of native bee species that do not produce honey but are important pollinators of crops and wild plants. Amegilla bees are not aggressive but can sting for defence. Plectranthus is the largest South African genus in the mint … More What’s the buzz?
Common Dotted Border (Female) Mylothris agathina Long Tailed Blue Lampides boeticus Photographed this afternoon as they visited the lavender at the front of the property.
Leaf on Pond Thanks to Jude over at Travel Words for the challenge.
African Twig Mantis, found this afternoon on a wall. Ark.
One of the Newbies. Baxter- settling in very nicely. Meadow White – I think? Hummingbird Hawk Moth captured atop a shrub in the back garden. Bombyliidae are a family of flies. Megachile chrysorrhoea Orange-tipped Resin Bee. Megachile chyrsorrhea And finally … Partially hidden among the jasmine on the shed I found the nest of a … More Leading you up the garden path.
Thought I’d give these another airing. Hope you enjoy? Crimson Speckled Footman. Citrus Swallowtail. Common Diadem Painted Lady Jewel Blue Long-tailed Blue (Lampides boeticus) Ark.
Harvested from the garden yesterday. The largest pumpkin weighed in at 5.1 kg. Not too shabby if I say so myself. Yes, Ben … I have crabs! Tiny Flower Crab Spider on a cosmos that looks a little like the West Coast of Africa! Settling in nicely! Baxter having a snooze in the long grass. … More Bits n’ Bobs
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.