Although I haven’t been able to post often in the past month, I have been taking several pictures all across my yard and at my sister’s as well. All the pictures in this post were taken towards the end of July. The Coral-tailed Cloud Wing is one of my favourites! Not only does it look gorgeous with those blue spots on the delicate wings but it stays forever on the same plant or branch. With other dragonflies it’s always a game of fly-and-seek.
I found this cutie on the hibiscus bush. I took several shots before it decided we’d both had enough!!
One of the most unique beetles that I’ve found in my backyard is this one—the Golden Tortoise Beetle/Charidotella sexpunctata. This dazzler landed on the four o’clock leaf glittering like a jewel. Aptly named, as its shape does resemble a tortoise. It looks like a golden lady bird encased in a soap bubble.
Is that a green snake? No, it’s the caterpillar of a kind of Hawk Moth found feeding on colocasia leaves. I have seen other moth caterpillars on these plants in my backyard but none as spectacular as this! I hope I’ll be lucky enough to see the moth when it finally emerges.