Nature's Place

Ahoy Skipper

Skipper butterfly that is, sitting proud on the high point of a rotted then dried out lemon. A grand open view before it.

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Not often still enough for a few shots, but this time unperturbed by my giant shadowy presence before it.

The mentioned winter weevil, on the now dried out lemon, laying eggs into or below the skin, youngers still about.

From another angle, for perspective, or just for the entertainment. Amazing that these 1cm long creatures have unique lives.

Some kind of candy beetle, usually found munching a nearby leafy plant, but this time on that old dried mouldy lemon again.

And again, now how did a leaf eater get onto the mouldy old lemon. Somebody carried it perhaps … one of a garden’s mystery.

Tiny bees, not seen by day, much. Then found out of the way, clambering about a branch of the hot chilli bush at night.

Maybe it keeps them warm at night, who knows. But not this one, landed on my hand while shooting the above in the dark.

The first day this butterfly landed on this spot I went to get the camera but it was gone when I got back. Not so this time.

I got back and the skipper was still there, basking in the sun atop a dried out lemon that was used to attract tiny weevils during winter.

The garden is burgeoning, sunlight and greenery and flowers, and all the forms that live in and on.

A cacophony of comings and goings in the stillness of the space it all happens in.

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