Nature's Place

Anomaly …


After the feast of butterflies, butterfly scales evident, appetite filled and unmoving for a while.

*Click the pictures for a closer look …


Along came a weevil, looking to sup on the butterfly bush nectar, the spider ignored.


Perhaps oblivious to the nature of the spider, weevil went exploring under her.


Or could that be a baby spider … I don’t think so. :-)

After the butterflies came and went this spider was seen with evidence of eating them, butterfly scales around its face.

Along came a weevil the spider ignored, perhaps no longer hungry enough to move. Or weevils don’t taste good to a spider.

I don’t think the spider thinks the weevil is its baby, or the weevil thinks the spider is its mother.

Just one of those things that happen in nature, apparent anomaly.

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



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  1. paulwaynemoore said, on 15/12/2016 at 8:31 am

    another world

  2. macmsue said, on 14/12/2016 at 10:03 pm

    On my Butterfly Bush one of those little white spiders had hold of a Southern Grass-dart butterfly and another had a bee. I tried to prise them out so I could get a decent shot but the spiders had such a strong hold it was impossible. As usual your shots are stunning.

    • Mark said, on 15/12/2016 at 8:24 pm

      Thanks Mac …

      I prefer not to interfere, but do sometimes encourage …

      • macmsue said, on 15/12/2016 at 8:38 pm

        I just wanted a better view of the whole thing but it didn’t eventuate.

        • Mark said, on 16/12/2016 at 1:10 pm

          That’s the way of things sometimes, isn’t it.

  3. Hillechien said, on 18/11/2016 at 6:38 pm

    stunning pictures

  4. afrenchgarden said, on 18/11/2016 at 4:18 pm

    I think the spider will be driven by needs. After all those butterflies he is replete, so who needs a weevil? Amelia

    • Mark said, on 18/11/2016 at 6:36 pm

      It might not be a rational spider. But probably instinctively so.

  5. krikitarts said, on 18/11/2016 at 12:36 pm

    One could well imagine that, in your final image, the weevil is hunkering down under the protective cloak of the spider. Outstanding!

    • Mark said, on 18/11/2016 at 3:28 pm

      You never know, such odd relationships do exist in nature.

  6. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature said, on 18/11/2016 at 9:52 am

    Great shots, Mark. Who knows? Maybe they are friends.

  7. Emily Scott said, on 18/11/2016 at 7:48 am

    Fascinating to see. Not many people take the time to really look in the way you do.

    • Mark said, on 18/11/2016 at 3:25 pm

      The spider is maybe 15mm toe to toe so the weevil is barely visible until seen on the screen.

      • Emily Scott said, on 20/11/2016 at 5:03 am

        So the camera has to do some of the looking for us. Incredible.

        • Mark said, on 20/11/2016 at 11:37 am

          Bionics, it’s already actual.

          Progress has given us some amazing things, and driven us farther from nature, the sense of it.

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