Posted in Butterflies & Moths

Red-spotted Jezebel

Photographed just now with the Nikon D3000, on auto.

red-spotted jezebel on the bottlebrush in my yard
mostly black-and-white on the upper wings, spanning up to 7cm
the colours look like they are drawn on
I’ve seen just the one pair visiting the blossoms

I was taking photos from a distance when I begged it to come down and pose for me awhile – and it did!   I read (later) that males have grey forewings, the females cream.

I saw a snake this morning, beyond the house next door. Sunning itself, it looked to be uncoiling but stopped when it saw me see it. I did not linger for a photograph. Fortunately, Vika did not see it – she might have rushed it. Probably an adult brown snake, the common species around here. No more walking about in the dark, for me, until winter!

Do have a good day. I better get back to my revision.   🙂


I started blogging in an effort to keep the old brain cells alive. I'm writing a fantasy series, I take more MOOCs than I can handle, and am trying to get my Nikon D3000 off auto. I live in Victoria, Australia, with my husband and our dog, Vika.

18 thoughts on “Red-spotted Jezebel

  1. What an absolutely beautiful creature. Such a lucky capture. Remember to wear the hob-nailed boots and thump around when you go walking now it’s warming up.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I can’t believe how many butterflies I’m getting here! We have the white cabbage moth, too, the little orange skipper is back and I took some photos of the silvery blue grass moth the other day – and the grapevine moth is too fast for me so far (the one with the orange furry underbelly and legs). Now I wish I had taken a picture of the snake. It was pretty in a deadly charming way – laying there in the yellowed grass.


    1. I’m up to week 5 in Holly Lisle’s revision course and it’s exciting to know my book is going to be better even with what I’ve done so far. I love the Jezebel name, too. The snake was actually beautiful and sleek and I should have whipped the phone out for a quick photo. Didn’t want to loiter in case it thought us threatening.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. It goes for five months, but I got a bonus 7-day crash revision which I’ll need apply with what I’ve learned, so far, to my novel before its January release. ‘Taniel’ is the first of a fantasy series, tending towards fantasy romance and will be 80,000 – 90,000 words. Thanks for asking. 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

      2. It was going to be longer but when the draft got to 110,000 words I began to wonder about print-on-demand costs when I offer a print version. I decided to begin the story sooner, since it took a romantic bent, to when boy meets girl, and then I had a natural splitting point for the shorter book so wrote a new ending or two.

        Liked by 1 person

Tell me what you're thinking.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s