Patience is a virtue

Patience is a virtue that I don’t have when dealing with the species Homo sapiens. But sometimes I do have patience…

Some days spent in the veldt are just different than others. Yesterday was a very special day for me. Not only was it the first time in more than a month that I have spent time in my beloved veldt, but I have also found two flower species that I have been waiting for… and one new sighting.

About a year and a bit ago I saw these seeds on a climber. Usually books only have pictures of the flowers, without even mentioning seeds.

Beautiful… beautiful… beautiful…

With seeds it is always difficult to determine the flowering time… sometimes you have to patiently wait for a next season… and hope that the plant will sprout again!

The leafs have been out for a while

Since spring I have occasionally visited the place in anticipation that the plant will make its appearance. My hope was not in vain and the plant slowly started to make shoots with healthy leafs. But the flowers weren’t coming… weren’t coming…

Can you help me to identify this bug?

I photographed the bug and its nymph on the plant in December 2011.

Nymph of the bug above

And then yesterday… I could eventually see which flower makes these beautiful little seeds! It proved to be Sphedamnacarpus pruriens var. pruriens from the family Malpighiaceae, a flower that I had photographed a few years ago for the first time; but never before had I seen it’s seeds.

Sphedamnacarpus pruriens var. pruriens

The second flower is also a climber, the leaf structure and flower indicates that it will fall in the Fabaceae family, the species unknown to me.

Unknown species, family Fabaceae

It is a tiny, tiny little flower.

Unknown species, family Fabaceae

The climber caught my eye because of the interesting formations that the barks make. Might this be a distinguishing feature for the species?

Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder…

The third one is a species from the family Asteraceae, genus Dicoma anomala subsp. anomala

Dicoma anomala subsp. anomala

Can you now understand why patience is a virtue when it is about my beloved?

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2 comments on “Patience is a virtue

  1. Hi.
    Maankind suggested I stop by your blog. I’m not sure if you’ve since learned what your mystery insect is, but I took a picture of a similar one early on in my “bug-a-day” challenge from the family of Shieldbugs. I think yours may be a Forest Shieldbug – Pentatoma rufipes. It’s not exactlythe same as some of the images on google, but hopefully this will point you in the right direction.
    You can see mine at: http://alicethroughthemacrolens.wordpress.com/2012/03/29/bug-a-day-6/

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