Nature's Place


Observing an assassin bug wandering the butterfly bush over a few days. … What a mighty stabber she’s got, the better to eat with no doubt.

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

Eat what? What visits the flowers. … The honey bees have been enjoying the nectar bounty of the newly flowering bush the last few days.

And one thing follows the other. Nothing stays the same. … Slow moving bug captures the frantic paced bee. By watching, waiting, listening, sensing. … Something comes.

It always does. The flies came and joined the feast. The bee must have been leaking. … The carrion flies of the micro world always arrive to a fresh kill.

If this bug had lips she’d need to lick ’em. Must have been nice. … And then she went on her way.

© Mark BerkeryClick on those pictures for a closer lookand click again.



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  1. Mark said, on 15/11/2019 at 11:57 pm

    Thanks for your comments people, appreciated.

    The garden is where the flowers grow. And little lives are lived out in ever present danger but no anxiety.

    • kopfundgestalt said, on 23/11/2019 at 12:17 am

      Recently, it has been discovered that bees have a memory of pain. At least a reminder is recorded. Whether this memory is a machine-like memory? Who knows!

      • Mark said, on 23/11/2019 at 11:56 am

        I don’t doubt everything registers pain in some form/frequency. And the registry of it is also the ‘recording’ of it, to some degree. Why not …

        • kopfundgestalt said, on 23/11/2019 at 8:33 pm

          There is a recent research article in which an ant at a mirror realizes there is a bruise on his body. It tries to take that away.
          Whether that’s all right, I can not say.
          There’s some doubt about this. It’s all about consciousness in these days. We have to wait for further research.

          • Mark said, on 24/11/2019 at 11:30 am

            Or we can observe and endeavour to see through our own prejudices or other impediments to clarity of mind.

  2. kopfundgestalt said, on 15/11/2019 at 5:05 am


    I recently learned that the yellow dung fly chases smaller flies. She obviously has a stabber for both nectar and for the flies.
    Those very little carrion flies I don’t know.

  3. Reflections of an Untidy Mind said, on 15/11/2019 at 12:04 am

    The bees must taste really delicious. My husband and I saw a dragonfly eating one last week. Great photos, Mark. Not so great for the bee though.

    • Mark said, on 23/11/2019 at 8:32 pm

      Delicious to another creature no doubt.

      Thanks Tracy.

  4. jgm said, on 14/11/2019 at 11:39 pm

    Great macro story, Mark. Always enjoy your postings!

  5. puzzleblume said, on 14/11/2019 at 10:53 pm

    A world of colours, wonders and a lot of love for these creatures, as always amazing.

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