Monthly Archive: June 2012

Portal Into Space – Out of Bounds

Yet another one of my out-of-bounds editing attempts.  All this was done in the latest version of The Gimp 2.8. There are many tutorials on the web on this subject, but mainly for Photoshop. If you Google around you can find some really fine ones for The GimpOut of Bounds Editing is fun and a little challenging for some, but at the end of the day, worth the time and effort put in.  The inner picture was taken at a Model Train Club in Port Elizabeth South Africa. Enjoy.

Out of bounds Train

Common Hottentot Skipper

The Common Hottentot Skipper is from the family Hesperiidae and sub-family Hesperiinae. This skipper is also know as Gegenes niso niso.  They are relatively small butterflies with the male being about 29-33mm and the female 29-35mm – not much bigger.  Hottentot Skipper’s are very c0mmon and widespread through South Africa. Their  habitats are forest areas, wetlands, flatlands, hill tops, parks, gardens, mountains and along the coast.  They fly all year round in the warmer areas, but will peak around the October – March time. Their larval food is Pennisetum claudestinum (kikuyu grass) , Ehrharta (Common names for this genus include veldtgras) and Cynodon (commonly known as Bermuda Grass or Dog’s Tooth Grass). Most of this information was supplied from Steve Woodhalls book “Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa

Common Hottentot Skipper

Eyed Pansy – Junonia orithya madagascariensis

This photograph was taken in Port Elizabeth at the back of the suburb known as Linton Grange.  She was really obliging and sat really still for the forty odd shots that I took of her. This image was one of the photos that I really liked, but it was a little busy, so toned down the background a little to bring the butterfly out a bit.
The Eyed Pansy has its territories on hill tops, ridges and will sit on the ground or on low vegetation. It will chase away intruders to its territory  even if the intruders are bigger butterflies than itself. The Eyed Pansy is common, but  not as common as the Yellow Pansy. Can be found from Eastern Cape to KwaZulu Natal, Swaziland, Mpumalanga, Limpopo, Gauteng, Freestate, Northern Cape and North West Provinces. Their habitats include hill tops, parks, gardens and forest edges. It’s larval food is Scrophulariaceae snapdragons, and the common South African foodplant is Graderia subintegra – Wild Penstemon.
Most of this information was supplied from Steve Woodhalls book
Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa
Blue Pansy