Bug Day

It was 19C with 98% humidity when Chester and I walked along the Red River this morning.  It is only supposed to get up to 26C this afternoon, but with that much humidity, I closed the windows and turned the air conditioner on when we got back home again.    It had rained last night, but I have no idea how much.  There were some puddles in the spots that often have puddles after a rain and I’m just hoping that it was enough so that grass and flowers start to make a comeback.

My raspberries are nicely ripening now and for the last week, I have been going out with a bowl to collect berries to add to my bowl of cereal every day.  A couple of days ago I noticed a bee (or something) on one of the berries as I was going to pick it.  He didn’t move, so I just left that berry and moved on to another one.  To my surprise he was still there on the same berry yesterday, so I came back inside and took my camera out.  There was also another one on another berry and one more hanging onto the bottom of a leaf.  They were not bothered by my being there and I even moved the berries and leaves to get a better view for pictures and they just stayed where they were.

the first bug
the first bug
the first bug (again)
the first bug (again)
the 2nd bug
the 2nd bug
the 3rd bug
the 2nd bug (again)
the 3rd bug
the 3rd bug

They look like bees to me, but I don’t know what they are doing hanging onto my raspberries instead of digging into flowers.  Are they taking the juice from the berries?  I have my bird expert Barry and my plant/flower expert Sue (both from Africam) to help with those ID’s.  Now I need a bug expert.

My berries are plentiful as always, but this year I’ve found that many of them are miniature – I guess due to the very hot weather and very little moisture.  The ones that did get to the usual size are nice and juicy and delicious, but the smaller ones are not as tasty.  I notice these guys are hanging onto nice juicy ones.  🙂

On Africam today we have seen Zebras, Impalas, Warthogs, Elephants, Kudu, Vervet Monkeys, Hyaena, Reedbuck, plenty of birds and more.  Click here to see today’s pictures.

To make viewing all the cameras at Africam at the same time, they have now launched a multi-view camera page.  Here you can watch all 3, or just start 1 or 2, but still just have the one page instead of different tabs or different windows to watch.  When you land on the page, you decide which cam(s) to start by clicking on the start button in the middle of each cam.  Click here to see it and check it out.