Category : Insects

Butterfly at Hillside Dams, Bulawayo

I’ve been practicing my macro shots again, and this butterfly posed beautifully…

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Creepy crawlies and other creatures at Sinamatella Camp, Hwange National Park…

Sinamatella CampCreepy crawlies and other creatures at Sinamatella Camp, Hwange National Park...He stole my apple! Creepy crawlies and other creatures at Sinamatella Camp, Hwange National Park...Ive never seen so many of these creatures in one place before! Creepy crawlies and other creatures at Sinamatella Camp, Hwange National Park...Creepy crawlies and other creatures at Sinamatella Camp, Hwange National Park...Creepy crawlies and other creatures at Sinamatella Camp, Hwange National Park...Creepy crawlies and other creatures at Sinamatella Camp, Hwange National Park...

Wasp Moth…

Wasp MothI noticed these beautiful flowers, walking through the rain forest near the Victoria Falls, ( I was later told it was Tetradenia riparia http://www.plantzafrica.com/planttuv/tetradenripar.htm) and then saw this guy…and like the predators he intends scaring off, I thought he was a wasp.Wasp MothActually, he is a moth mimicking a wasp! Wasp MothEuchromia formosa  – I’m told

Butterflies…

ButterfliesButterfliesIf you look carefully, you will see there are long spikes sticking out at the back of this butterfly and when its flitting about on the flower, the tail end moves, much like the front! I wonder if that is to confuse predators? So they cant tell which is the back and which is the front!

Butterflies

Butterflies…

Butterflies

I’ve found the best way to capture butterflies is to focus on a flower they are visiting and wait…but sometimes they flit in and out so quickly I cant press the shutter fast enough!

When I came to edit my photos, I came across this one…(above) and I just love it. Sans butterflies! I’m thinking to use it as a birthday card or add one of those inspirational quotes!

Herewith the butterflies!

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All these images were taken with my new Panasonic FX1000 in our garden in Fort Rixon

Butterfly…

I know…its a very common butterfly – so sue me…

Butterfly

…I don’t even know if its a butterfly or a moth…but I love the way the light is shining clear through its wings.

Carpenter Bee…

Carpenter Bee

As kids, we always called these creatures, bumble bees…

Carpenter Bees

Now, Im told we don’t get bumble bees in Africa…only carpenter bees!!!

Carpenter Bees

These pics were taken in a patch of Zinnia’s…in a place called Esigodini, (46km from Bulawayo…)

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Bees drinking…

Bees drinking…

BeeObviously thirsty work  this – making honey!

I love the way they go to a crack in the leaf to drink – so they don’t fall in the water.