Rainy Day, Dream Away …

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.

Meantime …

Crab Spider and Fly

Brown Button and prey.

Paper Wasp.

Baby Button.

A second Citrus Swallowtail caterpiller I found and brought inside.

Rescuing a trapped dove.

Benji giving me the eye




Bee-ing there … or not!

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.

Photo Review for the past few weeks.


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.




What a difference a day makes!

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?


It fluttered by ….

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.