Are you taking part in the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge? This week’s theme is “Spring”
When I lived in the UK, the arrival of spring was heralded with wonderful displays of golden daffodils. In Portugal we have so many beautiful flowers throughout the year that when I think of spring; insects not flowers come to mind. Even in January, when the temperatures dip to just above freezing at night, we still have colourful displays of Gazanias to brighten our winter days. Winter drifts into spring, but with different flowers, warmer weather, insects, reptiles and pesky mosquitos.
My frame of reference for spring in Portugal would have to be the awakening of all the insects, reptiles and mosquitos!
I discovered the above solitary black hairy caterpillar marching up my driveway as bold as brass. By the time I returned armed with the camera it was just disappearing in my bed of Gazanias, probably for a spot lunch. It looked like a caterpillar on a mission so who am I to deny it a few leaves and the right to live? Initially, I thought it may be a Billy-no-mates processionary caterpillar which had lost its way. However, on closer inspection when I enlarged the photograph, I think not. I have just made a quick Google search before making this post and at the moment I am none the wiser and Billy-no-mates still needs a name.
Can you help identify it please?
This spider made me scream when it walked across my finger as I removed the cover on one of my pots of newly planted seeds. Mr. Piglet was quickly dispatched to get my camera while the spider and I remained motionless as our neighbours peered fearfully over the fence. Lenny the lizard appeared in our garden last year and has just returned after his winter vacation. I found him basking in the sunshine; studying us intently as we drank our morning coffee.
Welcome back Lenny!
How does spring inspire you?
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