It was an enforced day at home today as we got in a plumber to try to sort out a problem with the sewerage! Thus it was a good opportunity to get on with some reports and to get out in the area around the house to check out the variety of butterflies.
The Caribbean buckeye is described as a ‘drab brown butterfly’ obviously by someone who has not seen drab brown butterflies. They are brown but seem far from dull with prominent eyes on the wings. There were many of them around today. The males were holding territories and chasing away rivals while simultaneously trying to display to the females.
There were gulf fritillaries and many other butterflies, large and small, that refused to stop still and were rather tricky to identify or photograph. A fiery skipper did stop long enough for a photo but the whites and sulphurs were not to be halted.
More co-operative was a curly-tailed lizard, one that had avoided the cattle egret that had been on the prowl earlier in the day. It sat watching as it had its picture taken.
And the problem with the sewer? A root! Wildlife of a less welcome nature.