Monday, February 29, 2016

Strange critter in our garden

Before I post about a strange critter in our garden at the moment, I just want to say that I have NEVER felt as exhausted as I was on Saturday. I was paste. I suppose it stands to reason - three weeks in and out of the city on a regular basis, an overnight stay earlier this week supporting a hospital patient (albeit an easy one!)  and in between getting MIL to the clinic and subsequently sorting her medication, which she insists on administering herself. 


Nevertheless, I woke up on Sunday and said to Grant that it was the first day I had felt human in about ten days! 

Yesterday afternoon, we were walking up the driveway with Angus, Amanda and children. We'd all enjoyed a delicious BBQ here at our home - Angus did the meat grilling - Grant was forbidden to use his hands and we had a lovely meal together. 

As we neared the gate, six-year-old Joel came dashing back and said there's a huge butterfly on the lamp. He actually shuddered. I had my camera around my neck as I'd been snapping a pair of bird parents and their new fledgling (more about that later). I approached the lamp in question, focused and snapped away. 
At first I thought it was a moth (note the fuzzy head) but Grant reckons it's a type of dragonfly
It has large bulbous eyes and feelers and four legs that I could see 
I tried to get as many angles on this critter as possible
From the top, it's quite a slim critter. It has gossamer wings and Grant says it sports "a dragon fly's tail" 

The critter never moved although its eyes are bright;  it's definitely alive. It may be laying eggs. At the light of day, today (Monday) I'll check if it's still in the same place on the lamp.

Here's wishing you all a wonderful Monday and week ahead.


  1. Interesting. We occasionally used to see a huge moth around here. It was about 6 inches long, and fed from the nectar of Tobacco flowers. Now no-one grows Tobacco, so no more huge moths. Sad; I like to see such things around.

  2. That's a very interesting critter. Am glad Grant is forbidden to use his hands until healing is accomplished and I'm glad you are feeling human again. Hugs. xx

  3. Hello Jo, I am glad you and things are feeling back to normal. It looks like a large moth to me, very pretty. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

  4. This is really a very strange looking critter, looks as if it came out of a Japanese cartoon !

  5. wow, never seen anything like this critter.. the tail does look like a dragonfly. hope we get to see it again...

  6. I've never seen anything like this before eiter!! Great shots, Jo!! Really neat indeed!! Hope you have a great new week!!


Thank you for visiting my blog and taking the time to leave a comment. I appreciate your feedback. Jo