Bee Fly ( Bombyliidae) Common Red Back Crab Spider. (Misumenops rubrodecoratus) So common in fact this is only the second time I have seen one in the five years I have been photo-cataloguing the fauna at our spot! Patterned Brown Crab Spider. Never seen this variation so it was a treat to get even one … More Hanging About The Lavender
Pink Flower Crab Spider. (Thomisus ) They have been very thin on the ground the past couple of seasons but I found three this week so maybe there will be more before summer is over? The family Thomisidae is a large family with 160 genera and about 2000 known species. In Southern Africa they … More Incy Wincy
Garden Acraea on Tomato Plant. Photographed this morning. Ark,
Looking at Nan’s New Years Eve post of the 50 best photos of 2021 I thought I’d do a small gallery on my own personal favs from the previous year. None are a patch on what’s on the 50 best on Nan’s blog, but these are a few I liked and a reminder of the … More 2021 photos
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. … More And here we are … 2022.
Acraea Encedana ”Some like it hot” Sweet Potato. Not sure which type but I bought two at Food Lovers (the fruit and veg store) to see if I could get them to shoot -the tooth pick and suspended over a jar of water method. The other one rotted and produced nothing. It’s been several months … More Bits n Bobs
Long Tailed Blue (I think) snacks on some lavender. Lilies by the pond. Grassveld Sylph Home-grown gemsquash and some zucchini. Harvested this morning. Number 7 looks on. Two Striped Skimmer. This was rescued from one of the cats. We think it was newly emerged as it’s wings didn’t appear properly dry. Bougainvillea Wet Dove on … More Up the Garden Path
Rock Pigeons. Giving me ‘The Look.’ ”Someone’s leftovers? No thanks!” Glossy Starling. Popped down to investigate some fruit from the wild plum tree discarded a few moments earlier by an Olive Thrush. He flew off without touching it. Fiscal Flycatcher on the back wall during a break in the rain. Feeding the nipper. Grey Louries … More Watch the birdy!
It is another baking hot day here in Johannesburg. My phone app says 33 Real Feel 35. Supposed to go to the department of home affairs for updated id documents and whatnot. Booked off the day and then we get a message informing us that their computer systems are down. Oh really? Quelle surprise! If … More Bits n’ bobs
Red-Throated Wryneck. Told you we’d get a front view! Photographed early this morning by Ems. I was still in bed! Cape Wagtail. Photographed Friday Streaky Headed Seedeater. Not the best shot but the first time I’ve seen this species the whole year. Greater Double-Collared Sunbird. Not sure of the ‘thing’ on its beak. Doesn’t feature … More Watch the Birdy
So, I’m at my computer when I hear this never-heard-before bird call, and anyone who like birds will guess my reaction. Out the chair grab the camera and run to the garden with the words ”What the hell is that!!!!!” on my lips. After identifying where the call was coming from – the large acacia … More Watch the birdy. New Species!
Continuing with my toilet roll seedling experiment. The roots of this butternut seedling have pushed through the damp cardboard and it’s now ready for planting out. Tomato seedlings coming along nicely. Butternut in seed modules. Sunbird visits a Strelizia. One of the chickens may be suffering from what could be Merek’s disease ( a … More Bits n’ Bobs