On the foliage of swamp vegetation. Lekki Conservation Centre, Lagos.
On the foliage of the swampy vegetation.
Lekki Concervation Centre.
The larva that has snails for lunch.
It is definitely amazing that a creature as 'trivial' as a caterpillar could pose a huge threat to a creature larger than itself. This is a case similar to the proverbial ant that spooked the elephant.
Danger signals with a variety of colours; red, black and yellow are more familiar, and a combination of any two colours, or all, may well equate to being lethal. Creatures with these colours are often avoided like a plague. A tiny lesion-causing insect popularly known as 'papa' in this part, coloured exactly like this caterpillar is hard to forget. It must not be swatted against bare skin else... The coral snake is another classic example, with those ominous array of showy colours.
The terror inflicted on a snail on seeing the flesh-consuming larva approach is not hard to imagine. First, it may try to speed up (poor thing with no legs), or twirl its shell around an obstacle in order to dislodge a larva already onto it. Last resort is for the snail to retreat into its shell when it finds it impossible to outdo the relentless larva. But it often is a very bad idea that ends the long battle for survival if the snail does not withdraw leaving the face of its shell wedged against the ground. The larva would have the snail cornered, eat all of it and may even inhabit the shell for a while before going on subsequent hunts. The snail may however be toppled over depending on the size of its shell. Any snail that lives to see another is one that may have fallen off a height that had the larva removed on impact, or lost the caterpillar in the heat of the fight after rolling over an inclination.
This larva species, with black ants are largely responsible for snail mortality. They are the bane of snail farming.
Eggs of a lasiocampidae moth metamorphose to larvae stage on citrus tree.
Chilling, probably after having a good amount of pollen.
Puddling on a cobbled car park
On the citrus tree at sunset.
Robberfly with prey on its perch under a palm tree.
Found basking in the evening sun before moving to stay on this violet-flowered small hedge.
On a flower shortly after a shower.
Tiny, oddly postured moth. Couldn't tell the head from the tail until I got a photograph.
Common Fig-tree Blue. Basking on frond of a young palm.
Yellow form. Female.
African flower mantis
In the cool of the forest.
Lekki Conservation Centre, Lekki, Lagos.
Lekki Conservation Centre, Lekki, Lagos.
Lekki Conservation Centre, Lekki.
Individuals in a grassy, sandy-soiled habitat with teeming population
Lekki Conservation Centre, Lagos, Nigeria.
On the bark of a tree.
Passes for a Red Rock Dweller except for the black and white spots on its hind wings.
Three Pip Policeman (Coeliades hanos)
Sleeping on citrus.
Black, white and yellow winged pierid butterfly.
Small black fly with elongated abdomen. Always found indoor.
Came to the light at night.
Asleep on the part of the hedge under the umbrella tree. It was a rainy night.
Larva of Citrus swallowtail butterfly on citrus tree.
A strange fly, possibly a mosquito was seen biting its neck. A similar fly was found on a branch not very far from the scene.
Larva of sphinx moth on a plant in the garden. The light green and white colors, and subtle lines on its body facilitates its camouflage in this environment. It often mimics a leaf on a branch when it perceives trouble. This is a common tactic employed by hornworms to remain undetected by possible prey.
This hornworm is a voracious feeder. Found foraging on leaves almost all afternoon.
Basking, clung to a leaf.
Bush Brown (Bicyclus safitza?), and grasshopper share a fermenting berry.
Sipping on the moisture on grass grains in the morning.
Imbibing fluid from wet red earth (puddling)
Picasso bug, in the garden.
Fruit-piercing moth, near the door post at night.
Green tortoise basking in the morning.
Bird grasshopper metamorphosis (nymph to adult).
The same grasshopper was observed on the same plant for several days during which the metamorphosis took place. It literally lived on the foliage of the (host) plant- feeding, excreting and basking on it.
The grasshopper is known to flash its two-row spiked hind legs when alarmed. It stays poised to give its assailant a brutal kick or to simply hop off.