Saturday, 5 October 2013

Jottings from the Tropics: 5 October 2013


There was a flower-wasp on the window, so I did what any normal person would do — I photographed it. The wasp kept getting tangled in a black house spider's web, which meant it had to pause to clean off the mess. After the flash had gone off a few times and the threads had repeatedly stuck to its feet, the wasp got agitated. The final straw was the big metal ruler that I slid alongside it to measure the insect's size. I ran away then because warning coloration means something in this house.

The wasp was about 37 mm long.

Hairy flower-wasp (Scoliidae)

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The bush stone-curlew clan has increased to a dozen. They lounge around the garden by day and stalk insects by night. Individually, they have the stateliness and self-confidence of a crane. At dusk they run around in groups making wittering noises like guinea fowl. They have also taken to sitting in the driveway and shifting at the last minute. I hope they don't try that in the road.


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The willie wagtails are on the nest. I did not know they can lay up to four successive clutches in a season. The wagtails and I might have to work out a compromise over use of the shed.

2 comments:

Jenny said...

You are so lucky to have all those curlews around. My offspring just loves them, but we have none where we live, so we are always checking the bushes and stones around town for them. We have gotten quite good at spotting those skinny legs.

Snail said...

This lot have taken to sunning themselves quite close to the house, so I have to be careful where I tread!