Common Leopard – Phalanta phalantha A rare visitor indeed! Buffalo Heart Tomato – picked from the garden yesterday. Will ripen fully in a day or two. Best tasting tomatoes we have eaten. Hillbrow Post Office Tower – Saturday, After the Rain. Benji: ‘Check Diary – no appointments, have a snooze.’ Ark
Tiny hairy field spider photographed this afternoon using a cellphone as my Canon is currently on the blink. Photo credit: Ems. As we are all about to fully batten down the hatches, I’ll dedicate this to my missus and all you hooligans out there. Ark.
Put on your ear-goggles and turn it up! Chingachgook 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
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
Walking the dogs yesterday afternoon we came across a Spotted thick-knee, also know locally as a Dikkop, marching up and down on a piece of open land close to the road looking quite agitated. A few metres further along it became apparent why. Lying on a patch of scrub was it’s fledgling. At first we … More International Rescue! A bird in the hand …
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
Every year around this time toadstools begin to appear in the garden. All due to the heavy rains I suppose. Anyway, someone asked: ”Have you seen the white toadstools in the back garden , Dad”, to which I replied: ”Yes, and they’ll be gone by tomorrow once I’ve mowed the lawn.” ”Why don’t you postpone … More Leading someone up the garden path