2013 is flitting out of our lives and making way for 2014.
|Blue morpho butterfly, always on the move, just like time.|
2013 was an eventful year for us that passed in a blur. Dennis and Max completed their first full year in Belize and Dennis celebrated a year of being retired. I retired at the end of June 2013 and relocated to Belize in October. We got our car imported to Belize too.
|We love Belize dragonflies because they love mosquitoes. This isn't part of the Mosquito Coast for nothing!|
We actually haven't seen too many mosquitoes around our place. The most bothersome insects are the various flies - sand flies, red flies, bottlass (bottle ass) flies, black flies.
|Fortunately the dragonflies are voracious and non-discriminating eaters of flying insects.|
I still haven't started trying to key out the dragonflies; there are so many new critters and plants to learn. Never a dull or boring moment!
|They perch on every little stick or twig to soak up the sun.|
Even with all the dragonflies, 2013 brought me another "first" that I could have done without - a mosquito infected me with Dengue Fever earlier this month. That was a week of hell and then several weeks of recovery. Seem to be just about over it now. I think I was mosquito bitten while at the plant nursery - lots of standing water there from flooding and plant watering.
|They also are big eaters of insects and are quite acrobatic in their flycatching. Great entertainment.|
Now - ringing the old year out and the new year in are 2 butterflies. I haven't ID'ed either of them - something I can do next year!