Three images today. The first is the strangely named Great Egg-fly. The picture shows a female sitting on a jasmine leaf in our garden. These are found in most country areas.
Next a much smaller lep, this time a moth.
I managed to ID this correctly (does little rabbit dance to celebrate) and it was confirmed by Dr. Roger Kendrick. He wrote last year:
“There have been a few records of this scarce species in HK since my thesis.”
So this is a good record. I found this about 400m from the house. It was a diurnal sighting picked up on flight. It is barely 1cm across.
And finally a very poor quality picture but one I thought interesting enough to share. I took this through my study window with Mrs. Ha’s super-zoom. It is far too far to get a proper clean, sharp image but this is a behavioural shot.
This is a Light-vented (Chinese) Bulbul tring to take a hawkmoth. The bird is young and seems to overestimate its feeding capacity. I shared the photo with Roger yesterday and we chatted it through on the phone. Best guess is that it is Marumba dryas. MD has a wingspan up to 12cm so that is an audacious attempt. They were still fighting when they disappeared behind the bushes out of sight. Who won? I don’t know.
It seems I don’t need to go far to see nature red-raw in tooth and claw.