Citrus Swallowtail on Lavender Catherine and Val Crab Spiders on Cosmos. Benji and Danny. Hoverfly on daisy Homegrown Pepper Carpenter Bee asleep on a Cosmos. African Common White (Belenois creona) ‘Iceman’. (not one of ours but now a regular visitor) Millie looking over the valley. Best seat in the house! Hillbrow Tower 16/1/20
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
Apparently, Ems reached for some CMC powder ( used in fondant icing) and got somewhat of a surprise upon seeing this little Miss Bert clinging to the side of the bottle! Up went the call from the studio, and Dad came running, camera in hand. Everyone popped by to ”ooh” and ”aaah”, and even the … More Not for Nan!!
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
Lavender cuttings Potatoes Lourie fledgling Growing Lettuce Eristalis Tenax on Alysum Hadeda Ibis flying home
Oxytate virens – elongated green crab spider A rare encounter indeed! Another deadly harmless crab spider! 🙂 This little one was among some of the fresh lemon tree leaves I retrieved for the Swallowtail caterpillars this morning. Ark.
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!
Thread -Waisted Wasp. Potatoes and Squash Female Trithemis furva, Navy Dropwing. Fresh Chillis – Picked this morning. Unidentified Beetle/Bug on Alyssum. On a clear day – Across the Valley. Hillbrow Tower Venus, Neptune and Saturn (top right corner). (Cellphone shot courtesy of Ems.) Ark.
Kirby’s Dropwing. 12/11/19 Ark