Nature's Place

Sweet Attraction …






It’s been cold and wet lately but still some creatures about and looking for nourishment. So I put out some cooked fruit to see what may come. There have been a lot of fruit flies, a few weevils and two beetles I usually find in flowers munching on the pollen.

First the big one came and had a look around, and took off very soon after. She, I think she ‘just because’, didn’t stay long enough to eat the first time but came back the next day, after it would have fermented some more.

I set her to the fruit you see, away from the madding crowd of flies and ants, and she tucked in and didn’t raise her head until this smaller version showed up. They shared the food until the little one took off, didn’t take long at all, and the older one didn’t move for a couple days.

I thought she might have died so I poked her with a piece of straw and she moved, so I left her be. It occurred to me she might be drunk and unable to rise but I wasn’t about to interrupt her experience.

Then, when I was sure she must be comatose from alcohol poisoning she got up and flew away. I trust she did since I didn’t actually see her but you never know what happens in the unknown, obviously.

But in this story they lived happily ever after, this time …

© Mark Berkery ……. Click the pix for a closer look


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  1. Cate said, on 20/06/2015 at 1:32 am

    Insects are always beautiful through your lens, Mark. And it’s not a bad thing: getting a little tipsy for life — or death.:)

    • Mark said, on 20/06/2015 at 10:54 am

      Thanks Cate, I endeavour to do my best. Yeah, but in the end you really gotta sober up … if you’re going to fly. :-)

  2. photoleaper said, on 19/06/2015 at 1:40 pm

    Incredible photos!

  3. chicoyaya said, on 19/06/2015 at 3:07 am

    I think I enjoy your stories as much as your photos!

    • Mark said, on 19/06/2015 at 10:55 am

      Thanks Deborah. Stories can be revealing, enlightening even …

  4. macmsue said, on 18/06/2015 at 8:28 pm

    Shame you didn’t see her flight path, she might have been done for FUI.

    • Mark said, on 18/06/2015 at 8:55 pm

      Being a traveller you would know, the cops are always on the lookout for speeding insects … big human ones.

  5. treesshrubs said, on 18/06/2015 at 7:44 pm

    what an amazing looking creature ….insects rule….literally of course!! : ))

  6. David said, on 18/06/2015 at 12:38 pm

    Excellent photos and very nice story.

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