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.
Pinacopteryx eriphia, Zebra White. Colotis evenina – female – Common orange tip, Photographed today. And speaking of the Orange Tip … The previous butterfly post I featured this shot. Which I thought was a Common Orange Tip. However, this is what Mark Williams, one of the people in the know over at the SA butterfly … More It fluttered by …..again
The Brown Veined White migration is still in full swing and the garden is like an endless stream of fragile, almost diaphanous wings, from sunup until sundown when our migrants alight on the lavender bushes and rest for the night. As mentioned before, there are other butterflies in among the main body. Whether these are … More Passengers on the flight
Approximately an hour ago, I heard scrabbling coming from the plastic container on my desk, and lo and behold, the Death’s Head Hawkmoth that had been pupating for the last couple of weeks, finally emerged! A rare treat. I draped a cloth over the side to allow the moth purchase to climb out. It maneuvered … More Death’s Head Hawkmoth
Mane and Virgil join me at my seedlings/plants table. Masked Weaver among a patch of cosmos. Green garden path. Pumpkin climbing one of the fruit trees . (we helped it along a bit ) Tawny flanked Prinia -this afternoon. Catherine and Meeka. Meeka is 19 and our eldest cat. Agapanthas Crab Spider on Lavender Hadeda … More Birds, Cats, Bits and Bobs
We are down to the final two Swallowtail chrysalis and this morning as I sat at my computer, Catherine, who’s spending the day, pointed to the 5ltr water bottle on my desk and exclaimed: ”Look, Ark, there’s a butterfly in the bottle.” I hadn’t even noticed! And then there was one … Cindy has … More It fluttered by – through the eyes of a child.
Death’s Head Hawkmoth Caterpillar (Acherontia atropos) After a fairly hurried photo shoot – not wanting to stress the caterpillar, and a quick Google search for info- it was deposited in one of the cut transparent 5 ltr water bottles I use for seedlings atop of some potato leaves and about three inches of dirt. … More Look What The Cat Dragged In
A rarely encountered Bark Mantis, rescued from the paws of one of the cats. Took him, unharmed away from the cat and placed him outside in a tree. And now you can see … or rather not see … why they are rarely encountered! Ark
I awoke this morning to discover two of the remaining four Swallowtails completing the final transition to adulthood. One had fully emerged from its cocoon and was already hanging from the side of the water bottle drying its wings. The second, was still busy. I managed a couple of shots. Not the best of … More It fluttered by: New Swallowtails
Was out of bed early this morning … 5:30 … and after making a coffee and pottering about for a bit I went into my office and was greeted by this … Having emerged from its cocoon not long before this shot was taken. I coaxed it from the plastic container, and it eagerly climbed … More It fluttered by. All Change!