I’ve had compost piles for ages, but it’s a bit different here in Panama. There are so many critters that love the scraps. It was hard to even get started because anything I’d put out would immediately disappear. Now that I have more time to garden, there are lots of weeds and leaves but any fruit and veggies scraps still always attract things. I’ve seen squirrels, iguanas and other lizards, possums, all kinds of bees, ants, flies, and quite a few different types of butterflies.
One day there were tons of these golden bees visiting. I’ve also seen a lot of the little black bees. and sometimes some other varieties as well.
Another day I discovered ants carrying off all the white inner part of an orange peel. If you look closely you can see white spots which are bits being carried away. By the end of the day there was nothing left but the orange outer peel.
What gets me the most excited by far though, are these butterflies. They are large and beautiful butterflies, but what you see here is only a part of the beautiful they offer!
When they rest the keep their wings closed and only open them for a flash, so you have to be patient to get a glimpse of the beauty within, and very very patient to catch it with a camera!
These are spectacular butterflies and quite large. It’s quite something to see them flying through the yard with their iridescent blue wings flashing in the light.
I took over 300 photos to get these three with a peek at the blue inside the wings. By the time they flash their wings open it’s too late to click the shutter, so I just took tons of photos and hoped a couple would catch them at the right instant. I was very happy to see that I had had some luck!
I also took a short video where you can see the flashes of blue.