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:
Yes, a young grasshopper.
While walking on the dried leaves of the Msasa trees (Brachystegia spiciformis) also known as zebrawood, I came across this “beast”. I spotted it because it moved. Can you see it?
OK. I agree that it was tricky so here you have a larger version.
While walking in the garden of the Inn in the Vumba in December last year, we came across this sight:
Here they are, closer:
They were a swarm of locusts bunched up together. A very striking and interesting find.
As far as I could find out, they are nymphs of the Green Milkweed locusts (Phymateus viridipes).
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!
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!
I will reveal all creatures in the next post, hopefully this Saturday…
 I am learning to insert arrows to point them out.