Nature's Place

Odd Fellows

Bug on a seedpod in the local bush, always found on this same plant, protected by design.

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

Hopper of a kind. Fell from a tree in the wild garden onto my arm, a forest of another kind.

I leave butterfly’s to lay in the garden, even growing greenery just for them. And some days the place is full of new ones.

The witchitty grubs are getting at the roots of the butterfly bush plants, but still enough flowering for these tiny midges.

Another bug caught at a meal of pollen. Messy table manners, but also a way to carry a little food for later.

Another little hopper from the garden. They all have their season, coming and going according to conditions only they know.

Called a soldier fly I think, resting on the fridge outdoors downstairs. It’s interesting the creatures that come and go.

A wasp I believe, though haven’t seen it before this summer. Hanging around the orange tail resin bee hotel – lovely blue eyes.

The one blue banded bee, it slept in the same spot for two months then disappeared one night. Such is life, and death …

It has been unusually dry this summer and even the bees, who have protected hives, aren’t coming out this year in any numbers. A few showed up earlier in the season but the hives have been quiet since.

Maybe after a little rain things will change, we’ll see. It seems to have arrived in the last couple days but will take some time to have its effect on most of the smaller life forms.

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



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  1. Riverside Peace said, on 10/04/2020 at 8:21 am

    If it wasn’t for a good look, it would be difficult to tell which is the head in some of these odd guys. Nice shots!

  2. Dee Petersen said, on 20/01/2020 at 6:34 am

    Wonderful! Especially that blue-eyed wasp, just amazing and so beautifully photographed…thank you!

    • Mark said, on 20/01/2020 at 7:08 pm

      It is a wonderful nature …

      Thanks Dee.

  3. Kylie said, on 19/01/2020 at 12:49 pm

    Your photographs are just stunning. I look forward to seeing who you’ve captured each time.

    • Mark said, on 19/01/2020 at 1:32 pm

      Thanks Kylie. There’s always a newcomer on the way.

  4. Nil said, on 18/01/2020 at 12:56 am

    A gallery of so many different sorts – to go down, then scroll up and scroll down again… More than once too… ;-)

    • Mark said, on 18/01/2020 at 2:53 pm

      I find the best way to view them is to open each in a new tab and click on it in that for the biggest version.

  5. Anonymous said, on 17/01/2020 at 5:48 pm

    Merci beaucoup Mark, so refreshing.

  6. kopfundgestalt said, on 17/01/2020 at 8:01 am

    As beautiful as it can be!
    The Hopper of a kind.attracts me most.

    I was on the canary islands a few days ago. There is winter. Only a few more or less well known insects. One of them very little. It collects plantfragments on its back. So the only thing you see is a collection of fragments of plants. Wonder what that is. It moves sometimes so you see there is a creature beneath that collection…

    • Mark said, on 17/01/2020 at 3:52 pm

      I’ve seen many such creatures, always making use of what’s available, don’t remember what they’re called now.

  7. Beth Moorman said, on 17/01/2020 at 7:14 am

    Thank you for your unique perspective!

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