Thursday, May 13, 2010
It is hot 40 degrees plus in May
Weather has been rather unpredictable-with temperatures going up almost every day with brief preludes of showers. Much like the chameleon who is half rusty and half brown, we have got used to the hot and hotter days interspersed with mild showers.
The butterfly population has been low, with the rare specimens making a brief appearance immediately after a shower. I was surprised to see the striped tiger resting on my chinese orange plant one day. Last year I had spotted plain tiger butterflies but not the striped one. Nature never fails to amaze in my small back garden!
Striped tiger butterfly
The newly born (?) butterfly also appeared immediately after a rain
The blue jays are not yet seen here though I am sure they are just waiting in the wings for the right temperature in the environment.
The cackling babblers appear in large numbers every morning and I have a vague suspicion that many larvae are ending up as food for these sharp eyed birds.