Pollen-encrusted honey bee on a dandelion flower, this morning. (Nikon D3000)


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Bees & Bugs

Pollinating honey bee


To give my blog some structure in 2018, I’m jumping back into photo challenges. It’s always a great reason to pull stuff from the archives or boost creativity. And Cee’s photo challenges are, naturally, my first port of call. And what better place to begin than her Fun Foto Challenge.

So, I popped along to Cee’s, and discover I’ve been missing out on a wonderful twisty alphabet challenge – for it’s now up to T. The challenge, this week, have 2 Ts anywhere in the subject of the photo. Of course, butterfly jumped straight into my mind.


The Small White Butterfly  (Nikon D3000)

I took some wonderful, unexpected photos of an Eastern Spinebill this morning – but its name has only one T.  Hmmm, what of its scientific name, I thought, bound to be a T or three in it. Somehow, it feels like cheating, but hey, just once will be okay.


Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris: Eastern Spinebill (Nikon D3000)

So I trawl back through the photos I’ve taken recently, through oodles of blue-banded bees, white butterflies, the odd dried out landscape dotted with kangaroos, cockatoos, flowers, honey bees … there must be something with 2 Ts! Ahh, wire netting


wire netting (Nikon D3000)

Fence posts, snails, magnolia, roses, honey bees, spider webs, tree trunk … like with the netting, I was playing with textures.


tree trunk with ivy (Nikon D3000)

Is it not just begging to have some profound words plastered over it! Feel free.

I’ll finish with one last butterfly. I think it’s a rather ragged Correa Brown.


Ragged Butterfly (Nikon D3000)

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: 2Ts


In my lavender today. (Nikon D3000)




Do have a great year!

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Bees & Bugs

Blue-banded Bee


The Small White butterfly on a flowering weed. (Nikon D3000)


All the best to you and yours for the festive season.

Butterflies & Moths

The Small White


In my garden this morning, these wasp mimics feasted on my Cineraria Silver Dust. (Nikon D3000) The bees don’t like the cineraria much but these flies always turn up each year.




One is able to tell the various bee and wasp mimics apart from their wing venation. Next time I’ll attempt to identify this fellow properly. I had a look at the diagrams but my eyes glazed over.  It’s probably a hoverfly.

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Other Stuff

Hoverfly, sawfly, whatever…


Also called the Correa Brown, this is the orange butterfly I mentioned a few posts ago – hard to find one settled enough for a photograph. I had given up chasing one about, when this one landed right by my feet, staying long enough to get a few shots. In this first one, I love how the light catches the wing edges during a rare spread.


I can’t decide if I prefer Correa Brown over its other name – Orange Alpine Xenica.


correa brown

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Butterflies & Moths

Oreixenica correae: Orange Alpine Xenica