Becky’s Bright Squares
I bet there’s some of you are saying…butterflies….I bet he won’t be able to contain himself. Yes you are right, my head is spinning at the thought of the hundreds of butterflies, tiny Line Blues, the same one from Monday Macro are everywhere in the garden at the moment…….also the 5GB of butterflies I have in my 22 butterfly folders.
But no, I shall contain myself as I am doing a double challenge. A Common Crow Butterfly on a Pentas flower.
Sunshine’s Macro Monday #36
The pupa or chrysalis of a Common Crow Butterfly
This is the Common Crow Caterpillar
This is the Common Crow Butterfly
Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Anything That Flies
A Common Crow Butterfly
A Zebra Blue Butterfly
A Black Jezebel Butterfly
January has been a month of hot weather a bit of rain but most of all the butterflies are around. The hot days have made the birds a bit scarce. Now the Summer flowers are out they’ll return. The rain over the past 5 days has seen a lot more smaller birds in the garden.
Ok lets get going. Another huge lot of photos so maybe your favourite drink you enjoy while looking at blogs may be in order again.
Perhaps some flowers and plants to get going. Isn’t the bark on this Australian Native Fig Tree wonderful
The Red Tower Ginger flowers are looking after the garden
More red flowers are emerging
The Blue Ginger buds are ready to burst
I did find a bit of wood fungi in the forest
I have never seem Macaranga flowers before. I am still not sure if they are flowers or buds
The flower buds are high in the canopy. When they open they are tubular white flowers which drop to the garden floor.
A mixture of weeds. A Camphor Laurel leaf on a Cobblers Peg plant
The Cunji are growing so well on the banks of the spring
The spring is a lovely place to be on a hot day.
I discovered this Australian Native plant when I was mowing the front of my place. It is almost two meters tall, covered in white flowers which ants love.
Some bits and pieces
Holding the cattle yards together
The trawler setting off in the afternoon to fish through the night
The rusty seat on the old tractor
Reptiles I have found
The Geckos live in my house. This is the Gecko who lives in the hallway.
You never know who is sleeping on the verandah rafters.
Such pretty markings
Time for some birds
I didn’t know this bird as it flew about me. I have taken photos of Jacky Winter birds before. This is a young bird
The Lewins Honeyeaters are always on the look out for the grubs in the Poinciana tree
Late afternoon and the Pelicans are ready to sleep
The Gulls are ready to annoy them.
The lovely Eastern Yellow Robin happy to be in the garden.
Found these native snails in the garden having a snooze.
The Cricket was happy to be taken outside
What would Summer be like without Dragonflies
I love their wing patterns
A grub in the Paperbark tree making track and holes all over the tree
There was a migration of moths. We called this one a Fox Moth
The outside wings of the Meadow Argus are quite muted
Inside is a different story
The Wanderers are slowly coming back
Common Crows are everywhere at the moment
A Common Ringlet about to take off
There are so many butterflies with the word Common in front of their name. The Common Eggfly is a name that doesn’t do this butterfly justice.
Remember The Quest to photograph a Blue Triangle Butterfly. Well now I have two Blue Triangles. Aren’t their faces great
The Moon is up and about in the clouds
The Sun is almost setting
So it is time for me to finish off. Hope you have enjoyed my January.
The next part of This is November. I often find a few insects here and there. Some stay for the hello and can I take your photo, some just say g’day and off they go. These are the ones who stayed around…….
A couple of ants having a disagreement. I took this photo in the morning. The next morning, they were still there. If I touched anywhere near them, their antennae waved about furiously.
I have lots of Native Stingless Bees in my garden when there are yummy flowers about. This bloke has filled his pollen sacs from the Day Lily and is off back to the hive.
The Gardenia flowers sent their scent into the house from the garden. No wonder the bees like it.
The Crinum flower hosted many many Native Stingless Bees
I found this beetle with a yellow love heart on its side wandering about a bush full of flowers when I was walking about in town.
I love this beetle. The vine it is eating is a new vigorous introduced weed on my place.
I love the bee trying to hide from me on the Paperbark flower.
Cats Whiskers is a fabulous flower which the bees also love.
“Let’s see if there is any more pollen in here”
A Common Crow Butterfly was having a rest from the heat of the day.
I have a series of Orchard Swallowtail Butterflies. Wonderful large butterflies
I really enjoy sitting down and writing. Something I haven’t done a lot of lately so this little bit of writing includes a lot of photos. I was intending to do a series of birdbath photos. Instead here is a selection of the two birdbaths, my besties birdbath and the small hanging pot that I found some of the birds at my place love to visit.
First off is the birdbath that has been a regular feature in a lot of my blogs. I still remember the first time I saw a Noisy Friarbird. They are so prehistoric looking. I tell visitors that they are Australia’s only vulture. Naughty aren’t I? Their songs are one of the most distinctive as they call in the bush. I love seeing them when two Noisy Friarbirds sing in unison, both doing the same movements as well.
The little Eastern Yellow Robin must have had a hot tail as he sat with his tail in the water for quite some time.
The White-browed Scrubwren was far more interested in what the other scrubwrens were doing underneath the birdbath.
“Oh for goodness sake, tidy yourself up!” The Spangled Drongos having a lovely time at the birdbath.
I wonder what the Little Wattlebird was giving the Drongo the stink eye about?
Here is the little hanging pot. One day the hole in the bottom was blocked with some leaves and dirt. It filled with water after the rain and I heard some birds having a good time, drinking and having a splash about. I sealed the bottom and now keep it filled with water. The small birds, especially the honeyeaters, are the ones who use it the most.
The White-throated Honeyeaters are regular users. They are here every afternoon to have a drink or a bit of a splash in the water.
One has a bath while the others keep a look out.
The Brown Honeyeater caught with his tongue out after taking a drink.
The Lewins Honeyeaters are in the garden most of the day. This one came for a drink in the middle of a rather warm March day.
Another tongue out shot. This time of a White-throated Honeyeater.
You can see why I need to keep the water up to the birdbath. The Lewins certainly enjoy a good splash.
The White-throated Honeyeaters are a bit more refined in their bathing habits.
I love seeing the little Thornbills in the garden. They always seem to have something to investigate.
The Whipbirds are always hiding behind something or rustling about in the garden under the bushes.
Enough of the birds. I also love Dragonflies. We were doing some bush regen down at the spring, when this Dragonfly took an interest in what we were doing. Yes, that is one of the lantana bushes he is sitting on that got pulled out.
After a bit more zooming around, I realised that he was doing something other than watching what we were doing. At least it reminded us to have a break and a snack.
Speaking of snacks. There was a loud buzzing and upon investigating, there was the fly caught in the web and a Daddy Long Legs getting ready to wrap the fly up for his dinner. Fly wrap anybody?
I don’t think it is fair to be called common but the butterfly world has many “common” butterflies. This Common Crow was very obliging to have its photo taken.
The Pentas are a great flowering shrub for butterflies.
Butterflies are so delicate as they stand on flowers to gather nectar.
Getting your proboscis right in there seems to be the way to go.
The Orchard Butterflies were in the garden a lot in march. These two were having a good time fluttering around the garden.
Quite often their dance became quite close and eventually there was a lot of blurred photos as they mated. As this isn’t one of “those” blogs I haven’t included the very blurry photos, mainly as they were very blurry
Aren’t they beautiful big butterflies?
Oh. That’s right. I did mention a snail didn’t I. One evening I went into the bathroom and saw something high up on the wall. The soft-shelled native snail was very shy and seemed to sense when I was close trying to get a photo and went into it’s shell. At least I know what was making holes in the leaves of the plant in the bathroom.
I am glad you have gotten to the end of one of the longest blogs I have done. Did you enjoy the journey? What was your favourite photo?