I first saw this tiny praying mantis inside on the window ledge in our bedroom. I carefully shooed him out of the window so he could be free.
A few days later I was sitting out in the garden under the trees having a cuppa, when I noticed him on the chair with my coffee cup.
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This was a marathon effort for such a teeny fellow; to climb down the wall and across an open expanse of 10 metres of grass. Then he had climbed up a wooden garden bench to settle on the upturned plastic garden chair that sits there when not in use!
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He had then clung on when I took down the chair and placed it beside me as a table.
I’ve been trying to capture a shot of this large butterfly for a while now, but it is so fast and flies so erratically, that it’s been very difficult! Finally, I managed this one shot as it flitted over the roof.
When you see this butterfly in real life you think it’s got to be a bird; it’s so large! Indeed, it is nearly as big as the Sunbirds that visit my honeysuckle. I estimate its wingspan at around 10 cm (4 inches).
Many of my friends in the north may not have had a White Christmas, but I doubt you were sunbathing either!
As you know, it is mid-summer here in Cape Town, at the other end of the world. So how do the locals spend the festive season?
Whether they are bird, insect or animal, you will find them stretched out and soaking up those glorious warm rays. (Though I do think the pigeon chose a rather odd place, just on the steps of our stoep!)
But the past master of them all for basking in the summer heat was our very own Little Monkey.