I paid a visit to our newly opened Botanical Garden – Jardín botánico Detunda-Cueva de Nerja – where a few dragonflies were buzzing around a small pond.
It may be a heatwave at the moment but that doesn’t stop the Carpenter Bee going about his business as usual.
Here is a gallery of butterflies I saw the other day at the Butterfly Park in Benalmádena. Quite a difference between two recent visits – one month apart – as far as number of butterflies and species are concerned.
The Paper Kite, Idea leuconoe, is also sometimes referred to as the Rice Paper butterfly or Large Tree Nymph and originates from Southeast Asia, although it is now also to be found in parts of Northern Australia.
The impressive Atlas and Eri moths only survive for about one week as they do not have mouths and cannot therefore feed. What I hadn’t really noticed before is the size of their legs. They are quite thick, strong looking and hairy, very similar to those of a Tarantula in many ways.
A short video of some butterflies at the Butterfly Park in Benalmádena, Spain.
The relatively short life cycle of butterflies and moths, only days in some cases (the huge, colourful and mouthless Atlas Moth for example), means that you never know what you are going to find when you visit the Butterfly Park. There could be a multitude flying around or not so many, new species or old favourites, it’s all a bit of a lottery.
A few shots of some caterpillars at the Butterfly Park in Benalmádena, Spain. This first one, only about an inch […]
The B52’s of the bee world, the Carpenter Bees, are out in abundance at the moment, generally late morning/lunchtime when the sun has got it’s hat on. They are ungainly looking but looks can be deceptive. There were a couple of pairs flying around together and no collisions.