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.

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

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.

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



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  1. Anne Peck said, on 02/10/2020 at 8:30 am

    Awesome little creatures and even more awesome photographs 😊

    • Mark said, on 02/10/2020 at 12:24 pm

      Yes, amazing little creatures.

      Thanks Anne. :-)

  2. Brenda said, on 02/10/2020 at 6:46 am

    Always amazed at the colors and intricate body coverings on these creatures. They often make us plain by comparison.

    • Mark said, on 02/10/2020 at 12:24 pm

      Still, we must be equally amazing to them, if they took any notice …

      Thanks Brenda.

  3. Book Club Mom said, on 02/10/2020 at 6:38 am

    These pictures are fascinating to study – and as you say, it’s amazing that these tiny creatures have unique lives. Quite a thing to think about. Thanks for sharing them!

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