Photographed just now with the Nikon D3000, on auto.


red-spotted jezebel on the bottlebrush in my yard


mostly black-and-white on the upper wings, spanning up to 7cm


the colours look like they are drawn on


I’ve seen just the one pair visiting the blossoms

I was taking photos from a distance when I begged it to come down and pose for me awhile – and it did!   I read (later) that males have grey forewings, the females cream.

I saw a snake this morning, beyond the house next door. Sunning itself, it looked to be uncoiling but stopped when it saw me see it. I did not linger for a photograph. Fortunately, Vika did not see it – she might have rushed it. Probably an adult brown snake, the common species around here. No more walking about in the dark, for me, until winter!

Do have a good day. I better get back to my revision.   🙂

Butterflies & Moths

Red-spotted Jezebel


18 thoughts on “Red-spotted Jezebel

  1. sue ouzounis says:

    What an absolutely beautiful creature. Such a lucky capture. Remember to wear the hob-nailed boots and thump around when you go walking now it’s warming up.

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    • I can’t believe how many butterflies I’m getting here! We have the white cabbage moth, too, the little orange skipper is back and I took some photos of the silvery blue grass moth the other day – and the grapevine moth is too fast for me so far (the one with the orange furry underbelly and legs). Now I wish I had taken a picture of the snake. It was pretty in a deadly charming way – laying there in the yellowed grass.


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