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
Tiny Crab Spider on California Poppy. 12/11/19. Ark
Two days ago, the little Swallowtail caterpillar looked like bird droppings … but now it has it’s ‘Second Coat’ which it will wear until it has fattened up and then pupates. I brought the lemon tree seedling inside and it sits on my desk. I’ll soon confine the caterpillar to a large enclosed plastic bottle … More All Change
Citrus Swallowtail – first form. 1/11/19 Ark
Hummingbird Hawkmoth. 29/10/19 Ark
Thyreus Bee parks off for an afternoon snooze. The bee secures itself ( in this case to Lavender) using its mouth parts. Ark
Rescued from a water bucket. The lucky chap gathers his wits and dries himself in the sun before taking flight. Ark