Aren't these gorgeous? They are cotton harlequin bugs and some can always be found on the native hibiscus shrubs in our Botanic Gardens. Children just love them, we always have a hunt for the bugs when there are young school kids on a tour. The females are about twice the size of the males, but not nearly as beautiful.
This is a photo I took about 7 years ago before the Botanic Gardens were planned. The photo below is what you see standing in almost the same position! There is quite some change - we do live in the tropics after all and things grow very quickly. We live nearby and have walked in the area for a very long time. We loved seeing the buildings being built and then the Gardens being constructed. We will celebrate the fifth birthday of the Gardens on 31 May - most of the people involved at the beginning are still active in the Gardens now, should be a good party!