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Flies as pollinators and bubble-blowers

Many species of fly are pollinators, a role for which they receive little common recognition. Perhaps also not so well-known is that some species of flies indulge in bubble-blowing. Continue reading “Flies as pollinators and bubble-blowers”

Fishpond Collage

Banded Tilapia gather together to sun themselves near the surface of our pond. Continue reading “Fishpond Collage”

Aloes and gardens, Samangos and forests

Flowering aloes attract many birds and insects, and in the case of the Ashburton Aloe Festival, many visitors too are attracted to this annual event held by the Lower Mpushini Valley Conservancy. Continue reading “Aloes and gardens, Samangos and forests”

Arboreal Bridge

Even Tree Lizards needs bridges. What better than a horizontal branch bridging a gap? Continue reading “Arboreal Bridge”

Transient life of a drifter on the wing

 

The threadbare wings of this butterfly are evidence of the transient nature of its life.   Continue reading “Transient life of a drifter on the wing”

Focus

As I focus on this Red Tail moth, it appears to be focusing in turn on my camera lens. Continue reading “Focus”

The understorey: The tale of the White Starred Robin

Once upon a time, not long ago and not far away, a White Starred Robin visited our garden pond. If I had the powers to understand the language of robins, what might I learn? Continue reading “The understorey: The tale of the White Starred Robin”

Inseparable friends

Ella, the younger cat, adores her special friend, the elderly cat named Pip. Each is a close friend to me, but the friendship they share with each other is touching to witness. Continue reading “Inseparable friends”

Raptors, rat poisons and us

The appealing Wood Owl is one of the species of raptors that occur in our neighbourhood. Raptors are generally beneficial to us humans because they prey on species that, if their numbers get out of hand, can become problematic to us, in both urban and rural settings. Continue reading “Raptors, rat poisons and us”

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