The sound of a centipede with a wooden leg.
Found one of these two years ago and this morning I was alerted that one of the cats had found a new ”toy”.
On the previous encounter the little horror was a goner, but this one,although a bit the worse for wear was still alive.
Meet …. Cormocphelus nitidus
25 June ’19
So scarce these past two years that seeing this very handsome young lady among a patch of lavender had me smiling from ear to ear.
If you want to attract the right kind of diner you have to ensure you lay on the right food.
African Monarch lunches on Lavender.
The rule of thirds is a standard photographers use to frame their images. You divide the frame into a grid of three across and three down, and then don’t put your subject in the middle square.
Thanks to Nancy over at ….
Nancy Merrill Photography
According to NASA Cyclone Kenneth has just been upgraded to a category 4 hurricane and will hit landfall (Eastern Africa) later today (25th).
We’ve just had a heavy downpour with hail battering everything for around ten minutes.
And to think that it was bright and sunny when I went for my morning constitutional.
Oh well … time to break out the Wellies.
Crab Spider and Fly
Brown Button and prey.
A second Citrus Swallowtail caterpiller I found and brought inside.
Rescuing a trapped dove.
Benji giving me the eye
It looks like a Thyreus (Cuckoo Bee), but it isn’t.
It has different eyes and a pointed rear as opposed to a more rounded bum like the Thyreus.
Thyreus resting on Lavender
Hmmm …. I wonder what this bee mimic is?
Someone on S.A. Butterflies, Bugs, Bees and other small things, has just identified the bee.
It is called Coelioxys, and is a leaf cutter bee.
Two pip policeman
Female African Migrant
Long Tailed Blue (I think).
All snapped earlier this month.
Found this little one while moving a few bricks. Yes, I was a bit surprised!
The Butterfly finally emerged from the Chrysalis. I missed the actual event as I was out for my morning jog.
But when I got back this was what greeted me. Isn’t she beautiful?
Benji has no patience and decides to help himself.
Carpenter Bee takes a breather to refuel.
And one for Nan ….. What would a photo review be without a least one spider pic?
Hadeda Ibis flying home.
Tiny African Blue (Gaika Blue) takes a breather yesterday on the lavender.
Citrus Swallowtail Caterpillar.
He is currently living in a large 5ltr bottle on my desk, safe and sound and away from any potential predators.
I’m not sure when he will pupate but when he does there will be photos.
This is the Citrus Swallowtail caterpillar I removed from the potted lemon tree by the pond and brought inside.
I found one last year and, unfortunately, a day later so did a Praying Mantis.
Now in a safer, more controlled environment, maybe we’ll have better luck this year.
Citrus Swallowtail – First larval form .
And this morning …
Second Larval form.
From here it will ”fatten up” then pupate. I have no idea how long this process takes and I am not going to Google so’s I can look forward to a surprise.
You can follow along if you like?
Grassveld Sylph, Metisella malgacha perches on some lavender. Photographed this morning.
I spotted it through the shed door (yesterday) and managed a single shot before it was over the back wall and gone!
And I noticed this on a fresh leaf of the Lemon Tree by the pond this morning – first laval stage of the Swallowtail.
It looks like bird poop for a reason!
And on the subject of migration … I mentioned to Brian the other day that the Brown Veined Whites (Belenois aurota) have begun their annual trek up through South Africa .
A bit further north past our spot they make a right turn and head for Mozambique. I think this is where their journey ends, so in effect it’s not really a migration as their flight is a one way trip.
Anyway, they originated in the South West – Kalahari and begun arriving at our spot two days ago.
As they arrive on the property many seem to park off for a bit of refreshment on the lavender I planted last year.
Their numbers depend on the usual climactic factors – rain, drought etc, but whatever the weather the fairly stately butterfly procession will continue for a day or two more, and they pause on their journey every now and then to lay eggs.
And as with any large ‘migration’ of this nature there are opportunists at every turn.
A gravid Mantis found on the Lavender.
Some Butterflies are fortunate, and get to continue their journey.
Some aren’t so lucky.
Ginger eyeing the arrivals.
On the Lemon Verbena. No predators here.