Saturday, August 13, 2016
The photo above was taken during one of the short periods between blooming for the lantana and the bee balm. The heat has been hard even on the plants that are hardy, but it doesn't take long for blooms to return.
We've had a growing number of lovely insects on the patio lately, and I thought I'd post some photos. They like the zinnias and the lantana especially.
I planted Rue a couple of years ago, and it has paid off in butterflies:
We've also watched this grasshopper grow up to about 4 inches long, defeating every effort by sparrows and wrens to end his life:
These moths (can you see it at the flower below?) are so big and have wings that move so quickly they remind me of hummingbirds more than moths:
I saw my first praying mantis of the season just a couple of days ago:
We've had big yellow butterflies and big orange butterflies and several kinds of smaller butterflies and moths I just haven't been able to get photos of. I'll keep trying. It's fun to have a space where interesting little creatures can be watched from my house.