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I saw this beast flying off from our verandah when I turned the light off early morning.

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Here it is. Just visible even when I cropped the picture.

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The moment the moth gets ready to fly, it is a different story! Quite beautiful.

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Another beast to test your observation powers. Not too difficult this time but good camouflage nevertheless…

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Good dress to deceive in Autumn!

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This beast flew into our campsite at Nsobe, Bangweulu wetlands, Zambia so you know you are not looking for a mammal (maybe a bat?)… Anyway, look for it on the second picture as it will be hard to find it in the first one!

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The Nsobe campsite where the beast was detected.

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The beast is there somewhere…

It is not easy! So I reveal it below…

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It was a “super flat” Praying mantis, always a great find.

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This beast had somehow fallen through the cracks and I found it while organizing my pictures. It is very “spotable” displaying again the wonders of Nature’s ways.

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Another “leaf butterfly”.

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I consider this “Spot” a tough one. Once again it shows the amazing camouflage that some creatures have developed to survive. Look for it!

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Its colours do not matter once it is able to fly off!

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Spot the beast 24

Going through thousands of files, I found recent pictures I took while in Salta that I thought were lost forever. Among these, there are of course a few “beasts” and this one is one of them. Although it is a rather easy one, it may be a good training for the next one to come in a few days.

Here it is:

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Yes, a young grasshopper.

Camouflage

As I mentioned earlier butterflies and moths are a prominent feature at our farm in Salta. As we are going through a long wet spell, I have taken the time to take pictures of some of the examples of camouflage that I have observed.

Rather than extending this over a few posts as I had done in the past, I decided to collect a few pictures for you to see five real finds that illustrate how Nature designed some of its creations to aid them in their survival. Have a look!

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Grasshopper from far

Moth on bark cropped and small

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Moth on Paradise leaves

Several moths and butterflies come to our verandah light at night and I am taking pictures of them for a possible checklist. A number of them mimic leaves or tree bark. I then hatched the idea of collecting dry leaves from the garden and release a number of live moths on them hoping that they would stay on the leaves. Well, I can assure you that it was not easy!

However, after a few trials and frustrations I managed to get one shot for you to “admire” and spot the moths. To help you finding them I can tell you that there are more than one but less than fifteen![1]

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I will reveal all creatures in the next post, hopefully this Saturday…

[1] I am learning to insert arrows to point them out.

Spot the Beast 2 – Revealed

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My wife found a “leaf” stuck on the fluorescent tube in the kitchen that flew off, flashing its orange-red under parts, when she tried to remove it.

I collected dry leaves from the garden and put the moth on them for the picture. I think it is a Red Tail moth (Hypopyra capensis). It is a rather common moth. Its larvae feed on Albizia spp. trees.

I am sure you all spotted it! In fact I realized, after I released it, that I had put it in the centre of the picture (not very clever!).

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Spot the beast…

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No posts!!!

This is bad but, for the last two days, I needed to perform a lot of the tasks I had postponed because of the very posts I wrote! Shopping, buying water, repairing the borehole, make bookings for planned trips, banking, pruning the roses, etc. were among the time consuming jobs I needed to get done. I am pleased to inform you that, these over, I will come back in full swing very soon as I have a few contributions almost ready to be released, thanks to the valuable contribution of my Editor in Chief (my daughter!) that is working overtime…

In the interim, to keep you entertained -and while still on the issue of deception- I place this picture so that you can spot what is in there, preparing an ambush. Although I am sure that you will find it, I will be posting another one later that will leave you in no doubt.

Have fun…

 

AND THERE SHE IS…

It was enough for her to move a few centimetres to reveal herself. A warning to the bush walkers…

It was enough for her to move a few centimetres to reveal herself. A warning to the bush walkers…