Wasp Moth…

Wasp MothI noticed these beautiful flowers, walking through the rain forest near the Victoria Falls, ( I was later told it was Tetradenia riparia http://www.plantzafrica.com/planttuv/tetradenripar.htm) and then saw this guy…and like the predators he intends scaring off, I thought he was a wasp.Wasp MothActually, he is a moth mimicking a wasp! Wasp MothEuchromia formosa  – I’m told



I’ve found the best way to capture butterflies is to focus on a flower they are visiting and wait…but sometimes they flit in and out so quickly I cant press the shutter fast enough!

When I came to edit my photos, I came across this one…(above) and I just love it. Sans butterflies! I’m thinking to use it as a birthday card or add one of those inspirational quotes!

Herewith the butterflies!

Butterflies Butterflies Butterflies

All these images were taken with my new Panasonic FX1000 in our garden in Fort Rixon

Hummingbird Hawk Moth

Hummingbird Hawk Moth

It has a long complicated Latin name!


But really hard to capture on a photo – I took hundreds to get these few..and I had no time to mess about with settings or anything – I hardly had time to press the shutter button before they were off again.

 African Hummingbird Hawk

I didn’t notice they have a long proboscis until I transferred the photos off the camera.

 African Hummingbird Hawk

They were hovering amongst a patch of Zinnia’s
 African Hummingbird Hawk