Nature's Place


Ladybug. Biding its time on a leaf in the sun.

*Click on the pictures for a proper look … and click again.

Stingless bee, about 12mm long. Investigating a bit of banana left for the birds.

Green shield bug, enjoying the sap of the plant the little wasps eat at.

The little wasp, feeding on the few remaining flowers of the valley.

Not afraid to investigate the new terrain.

Is it a bee, is it a wasp … It’s a beauty.

We’ve had plenty of both, sun and water, but not many visitors to the garden this warm winter.

It could be related to what’s been reported around the world, the disappearing insect populations.

Or it could be local, the use of indiscriminate insecticides on mozzie breeding grounds not far away.

Though the mozzies didn’t die out this year, a sign of something else perhaps.

They just love it here? :-)

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



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  1. savannawhiteblog said, on 24/10/2019 at 2:14 pm

    Your photos are incredibly crisp and detailed. Thank you for sharing them.

    • Mark said, on 24/10/2019 at 9:46 pm

      Thanks Savanna. Nature is that way by itself … when we get up close enough.

  2. Nil said, on 28/07/2019 at 1:41 am

    Everything has already been said… So, just thanks again for these beautiful captures…

  3. Pete Hillman said, on 27/07/2019 at 2:21 am

    Beautifully captured in all their details and glory!

  4. Dee Petersen said, on 26/07/2019 at 9:19 am

    Wonderful photos as usual Mark, so lovely…thank you!

  5. David Herman said, on 26/07/2019 at 7:44 am

    Our EPA just dealt another death knell to our already shrinking bee population, by re approving the use of an insecticide known to be harmful :’-(
    Another amazing set Mark.Thanks for posting! Bugs are Beautiful…

    • Mark said, on 26/07/2019 at 9:57 am

      It’s crazy, isn’t it. Knowingly poisoning our nature.

      Thanks David.

    • Mark said, on 26/07/2019 at 9:58 am

      That looks like it all right. Thanks Laura.

  6. pflanzwas said, on 26/07/2019 at 7:21 am

    Wonderful pictures Mark! Some of these insects look familiar to me, as if they are the same species overhere. I had this kind of bug here the day before. The last “beewasp” is really very nice! It is difficult to say what’s what with the decreasing number of insects. I just hope it is getting better not worse!

    • Mark said, on 26/07/2019 at 10:00 am

      Thanks Almuth.

      I think you have many of the same creatures as we do, bar the exclusively sub tropical or Aussie ones that evolved here and require the heat or can’t get through a cold winter. With variations though, just like people.

      I have no confidence greedy man will change, not until he suffers enough from it. Things are not getting better, look around. There’s not a lot of love in this world.

      But all is well, there’s purpose to the death and destruction. :-)

      • pflanzwas said, on 27/07/2019 at 5:14 am

        Because of your sub tropical climate I wouldn’t have expected “relatives” :-) – I think some people will change (there are a lot of small positive things happening), but I fear it won’t be fast enough and not many enough. Human beeings are too selfish to disclaim on many things. But who knows, maybe you are right, if something dramatic will happen, maybe then…
        Often something good is growing out of something “bad”. It is as it is….

        • Mark said, on 27/07/2019 at 1:22 pm

          Much of the weather and climate here is not very different to there, just at the extremes. Winter here in Brisbane could have been a long sunny spring in Dublin, except it didn’t rain that much.

          People are always changing, and staying the same. If you look at the big picture the human influences are not benign, and those who would change things for the better don’t really know what to do about it. The evidence is whatever ‘we’ do ‘out there’ isn’t going to help much for long anyway. So there is only one other place to look to fix things, inside. The good is always here now, as much as we acknowledge it.

          The writing’s on the wall but nobody wants to see.

          • pflanzwas said, on 28/07/2019 at 7:11 am

            Okay, I thought it would be much warmer. Maybe you are right. Looking inside is the first place to start.

            • Mark said, on 28/07/2019 at 1:47 pm

              We have to live whatever is true for us. That’s all people are doing, until we come to something more true.

            • pflanzwas said, on 29/07/2019 at 3:52 am

              True :-)

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