For me, one of the more difficult insects to photograph and I consider it a good day when I spot one and manage even a half decent shot. Ark.
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?
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.
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!
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
Newly emerged Citrus Swallowtail I found yesterday looking somewhat disorientated crawling around my lemon tree seedlings. I gave a little helping hand and it flew across the vegetable garden and found this nice shady patch of potatoes to dry its wings. This morning it was still hanging around – looking for a date/mate as it … More It Fluttered By.
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
Today is World BEE DAY – thanks to Roda over at Indigo Acres for the heads. up. To celebrate and to maybe prompt some of you heathens to go out and plant some bee friendly plants, here are few shots of some of these fine creatures that visit the Ark’s Spot. Amegilla visiting lavender. We can … More Bee Aware!
Common Diadem. Photographed this morning. Ark.