Nature's Place

All Sorts …

… from the garden and beyond. Some creatures are only ever seen once, or stop only long enough for one shot. These are a few of those.

If you’re into macro it pays to let the garden manage itself as much as possible. It may take time but it takes time for life cycles to establish and creatures to emerge, whatever the season.

Plant them, feed them, prune them, move them but otherwise let things be as much as possible – whatever you do don’t poison them, if you can help it. Works for me.

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Creature of the darkness … Longhorn beetle, favoured the dried out stems for a few nights.

*Click the pictures for a bigger version – the better to see them.

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Ant takes time out of its solitary patrol to preen. A few seconds and it was on its way again.

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Assassin Bug nymph, shelters under the red flower during the day and hunts at night – lately.

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Plant Hopper, looks all bent but it may be moulting – a long time at it.

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Click Beetle up on a leaf in the dead of night, shows up once in a blue moon.

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Male Lynx spider, caught a fruit-fly meal on a decaying lemon staked in the garden.

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Teddy Bear Weevil? Soft and gentle looking. On a post in the car park of the local rainforest remnant.

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Bluebottle in the garden,  they don’t stop long at all for a shot.

© Mark Berkery ……. Click on those pictures for a closer look



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  1. Lunar Euphoria said, on 19/07/2016 at 10:45 pm

    They are all so fascinating and unique. Great shots!

    • Mark said, on 19/07/2016 at 11:36 pm

      Thanks Lunar … They are amazing little creatures. Nature’s little organic robots, wandering the planet doing earth work.

  2. afrenchgarden said, on 19/07/2016 at 6:28 pm

    The garden becomes so much more when you see what is living inside. I started to design my garden from just a field, checking out the gardening mags. etc. but now it seems the garden has taken over and it is changing me. In some ways it seems easier not to look and just stand back and look at the gross plan but it is too late for that now, Pandora’s box has been opened. Amelia

    • Mark said, on 19/07/2016 at 9:07 pm

      Yes, it has a life of its own, doesn’t it.

  3. gottatakemorepix said, on 17/07/2016 at 10:05 am

    Great shots, Mark. I always feel as though I’ve been to another world when seeing your posts, especially with the Teddy Bear Weevil and Ant in this post.

    • Mark said, on 17/07/2016 at 10:53 am

      Thanks Steve. It is another world, isn’t it. Only widely accessible through modern tech, progress.

  4. David said, on 17/07/2016 at 5:00 am

    All excellent but I think the bluebottle is really marvelous with all the colors and the detail you were able to capture.

    • Mark said, on 17/07/2016 at 10:51 am

      Thanks David. Flies are time intensive subjects.

  5. Kit Prendergast said, on 15/07/2016 at 3:50 pm

    Dear Mark, your photos are excellent!!! However, if possible, can you please provide the scientific name for species (or at least the genus or family name). Cheers (I have a particular interest in wild bee species)

  6. treesshrubs said, on 15/07/2016 at 3:44 pm

    Oh my lord!!! Love that teddy bear beetle…and the 0thers of course!! I must try and keep my eyes moreopen ..wonderful capturing 😊

    • Mark said, on 15/07/2016 at 4:57 pm

      You’ll be amazed at what presents if you stand in one place long enough, longer than just passing through. They are often found hiding but I rather the ones in the relative open, at the edge of wood and field.

  7. bodyandsoulnourishmentblog said, on 15/07/2016 at 7:27 am

    Amazing shots!

  8. Moody Much said, on 15/07/2016 at 6:55 am

    Wow! Those are amazing pics! I wasn’t sure there were others that found bugs to be less of pests. I will see if I have the pic I took yesterday and will post if so. #italktobugsandamproud

    • Mark said, on 15/07/2016 at 9:07 am

      Thanks MM. There are lots I think, just not as many as buy insecticide.

  9. Victor Rakmil said, on 15/07/2016 at 5:28 am

    Wonderful shots. Great detail and depth of field.

    • Mark said, on 15/07/2016 at 9:08 am

      Thanks Victor … it’s important to get the angle right, place the ‘dof’ on the architecture.

  10. Lissa said, on 15/07/2016 at 5:25 am

    Fascinating pics of not often seen (or noticed??) wee animals Mark. Thank you.

    • Mark said, on 15/07/2016 at 9:09 am

      Thanks Lissa. Not often seen here, or noticed, even though I look.

  11. BearlyAware said, on 15/07/2016 at 5:24 am

    Thanks for mentioning the part about not poisoning them. That is a huge, hidden problem in the US. I wrote an article about it:

    • Mark said, on 15/07/2016 at 9:12 am

      It’s an issue almost everywhere these days. You’d have to be insane to poison your own garden …

      • Lissa said, on 15/07/2016 at 5:29 pm

        Nicely put. I’ll use that.

        • Mark said, on 15/07/2016 at 9:03 pm

          Trouble is people don’t realise it’s insane. Can’t blame them in an insane world.

          Things are better than they could be. :-)

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