Welcome to the C-O-N-G-O blog ! A daughter-father team who love to go on bug safaris. Keep your antennas up for cool pictures and stories from Congo and beyond.......

Friday, December 30, 2011

Eleven day metamorphosis - Three stages of Acraea zetes butterfly

Katy and Dina brought back a caterpillar from the botanical garden at the TASOK school. We let it go in our garden and it attached itself to one of the plants and quickly turned into a chrysalis. Yesterday we were happy to welcome the butterfly stage of what is thought to be Acraea zetes species. To give you an idea on the process - the top picture of the larva was taken on 18 December, the second set of chrysalis pictures were taken on 22 December, the third set of pictures were taken in the morning of 29 December and the shiny new butterfly was taken on the same afternoon of December 29. More images of the metaporphosis here.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Katy's SPORE Jumpie

Katy's SPORE Jumpie by Nick Hobgood
Katy's SPORE Jumpie, a photo by Nick Hobgood on Flickr.

Inspired by the jumping spiders we are finding here in Congo, Katy designed a cool one using her SPORE computer program.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Jumpie Jamboree

Fingerprint for scaleSad ??Lttle fellaGreen eyeStriped hoodSkunky
Square spotsReady......set...........Spring loadedCool patternConcentrated

Jumpie Jamboree 5.11.11, a set on Flickr.

With the onset of the rainy season, our porch and house have become a jumping spider hangout. We are happy to share our abode with these little fly and mosquito hunters. Check out the shot with my index finger in the lower right corner to give you an idea on the size of these little guys.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Today's jumpie

The rainy season is in full swing.  With more rain come more bugs and more jumping spiders.   Here are a few pics of a latest visitor to our porch. 

Saturday, October 22, 2011


Gutted by Nick Hobgood
Gutted, a photo by Nick Hobgood on Flickr.

The spider seems to have filled the dead moth with eggs.

Big 'n Scary

Big 'n Scary  by Nick Hobgood
Big 'n Scary , a photo by Nick Hobgood on Flickr.

This spider's abdomen was about 1 inch long and had caught a large moth. At the top of the moth are some egg-like balls.

Baby star fruit

Baby star fruit by Nick Hobgood
Baby star fruit, a photo by Nick Hobgood on Flickr.

Nectar trap

Nectar trap by Nick Hobgood
Nectar trap, a photo by Nick Hobgood on Flickr.

This mantis waits for insects attracted to the nectar produced in the nodes on the plant structure above it.


Frills by Nick Hobgood
Frills, a photo by Nick Hobgood on Flickr.

Katy thought our friend Brian over at UWET would especially love this one.

Metallic zebra eyes

Metallic zebra eyes by Nick Hobgood
Metallic zebra eyes, a photo by Nick Hobgood on Flickr.

"Hey George, how do you drive this contraption ?"

Lying in wait

Lying in wait by Nick Hobgood
Lying in wait, a photo by Nick Hobgood on Flickr.

This little spider was hiding in a fold in a leaf


Speckled by Nick Hobgood
Speckled, a photo by Nick Hobgood on Flickr.

...and striped.


Coral-like by Nick Hobgood
Coral-like, a photo by Nick Hobgood on Flickr.

One more especially for Brian.

Cool water flower

Cool water flower by Nick Hobgood
Cool water flower, a photo by Nick Hobgood on Flickr.

Knowing how much our friend Brian loves flowers, we post this photo from a visit to the Kinshasa Botanical Gardens today in his honor.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Jumpie vs. Hibiscus

We found a jumpie in the garden and coaxed it onto a hibiscus flower to get a nice red background and in the process it got some pollen grains stuck to its fur.

While taking the pictures the jumpie jumped straight into the pollen covered end of the hibiscus flower. 

The little guy was just covered in sticky pollen grains which took about 15 minutes to clean off.

Lola ya Bonobo

PatternsGolden furGingerTiny new leafTeeny dragonflyBulbous eyed
Color blastMr. ProboscisTuftedBird of paradise visitorThe prowlZen
New shootFangAlien likeYellow stripesTiny folded flowersSpikes
ScopingFuzzChillin'PoserNaptime ?Protective Mom

Lola ya Bonobo, a set on Flickr.

Images from last weekend's safari to the Bonobo sanctuary. Lots of cool bugs including some strange alien-like spikey spiders.