In 1828, at the age of 21, Charles Darwin wrote:
I am dying by inches from not having anybody to talk to about insects.
Check out the pollen baskets on this bee. You can tell the color of the flowers she's visited by the color of her pollen baskets. The bees are loving the Thai basil on my balcony. It is grown here as an ornamental plant because it grows big and bushy and can survive the summer heat.
Only managed one walk this week. My husband had a hacking cough last week and Sunday morning I woke up with my throat burning like crazy. Tried to do some yoga but wound up feeling nauseous.
Made myself go out on Monday to get some movement and fresh air.
In the meantime, as I mentioned in my last post, my balcony continues to bring me great joy and entertainment.
The hoverfly is known as the helicopter of the insect world because of its ability to hover and dart quickly.
An Instagram friend messaged to say that I have a really good camera to get these kinds of shots and was surprised when I told her that these are all taken with my iPhone 6. With natural light and insects indulging my curiosity, I'm able to get up super close for what looks like macro shots.
I was especially pleased when this painted lady allowed me to get up close and personal.
So interesting to discover that painted ladies have fuzzy bodies.
No doubt wondering who the crazy lady with the camera is. :)
On January 13th, I saw something yellow flutter by so went to investigate.
A butterfly I'd not see before.
Did some research and believe it to be a Colias croceus a/k/a Clouded Yellow.
This one also let me get up super close to take some amazing photos. Love how its proboscis is curled up in the first photo and then is unfurled for feeding above.
Yellow butterflies are thought to deliver spiritual messages about hope and transformation.
Yellow represents energy, optimism and joy.