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Name: Christine
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wildflowers
May 26, 2016 4:34 PM CST
Since the last thread was getting so long I thought I would start us a new thread. Smiling

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Name: Robin
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May 26, 2016 7:21 PM CST
Beautiful photo Christine!
Name: Asa

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evermorelawnless
May 26, 2016 8:35 PM CST
Great shot. And THANK YOU for starting a new thread. Fantastic.

(I've not taken many photos this spring. I regret that. Maybe this will be a good push for me ;)
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dirtdorphins
May 26, 2016 8:53 PM CST
Hurray!
Great opening shot Christine!
Name: Melanie Long
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
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mellielong
May 26, 2016 9:21 PM CST

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I got a little behind on my bug posting. I'll try to catch up. I think I last mentioned a soldier bug nymph feeding on one of my Zebra Longwing cats. To be fair, I believe the caterpillar - plus a few others I found - died of a virus. The nymph was just taking advantage. I had the same thing happen to a Monarch cat last year and Janet helped me out on the Insect ID forum.

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This is not a repeat photo! Despite me posting an earlier photo of soldier bugs (or stink bugs) mating on Peppergrass, I found two more at it on the very same plant the next day! The first pair I saw were slightly different colors. I remember one was green and one was gray-brown. But here, they're both the same color. I have seen a lot of aphids on the Peppergrass this year. I wonder if that's attracting the soldier bugs?

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I haven't exactly made peace with the dragonflies, yet. But I can't do much about them. They are a part of the circle of life and all that jazz.

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The blue one again...this one was clearly eating something, but even my camera wasn't good enough to see what. I zoomed in on the computer and of course, I saw it with my own eyes. I don't think it was a caterpillar. Looked more like an ant. Something black and red, you know?

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Did it stick it on the plant? I have no idea what's going on now.

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And this one was on the bench by the door.

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Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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wildflowers
May 27, 2016 7:47 AM CST
Thank you Robin, Asa and Dirt. Smiling

Interesting stuff, Melanie! I can't really tell for sure but it looks like the dragonfly ate its prey head-first. Blinking Not sure what it is or was. Maybe some kind of small fly. They will eat anything they can catch and they are very good hunters. On a positive note, butterflies aren't at the top of their favorite food list.

I think I mentioned to y'all about the aphids on my tomato plants. Sighing! But, also the wonderful ladybugs. Well, yesterday I noticed these ants were all over a ladybug pupa. I'm wondering if they are destroying it? So that makes me think the ants are farming the aphids and the pupa is a threat to their food. Fascinating.
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Not sure what's on the back of this ladybug.
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Found some eggs too, I think they're ladybug eggs. Crossing Fingers! I'm pretty sure they aren't aphid eggs since aphids are born alive! Blinking Crazy and interesting all at the same time!

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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
May 27, 2016 7:13 PM CST
Melanie that next to last photo of the dragonfly is mesmerizing! Thumbs up

Christine, wow, nice photos & interesting thoughts. I sure would love to know the answers! I wish I could see what's on that ladybug.
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jmorth
May 27, 2016 11:34 PM CST
Some ants and a small winged creature on a lily.
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Name: Christine
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wildflowers
May 28, 2016 7:09 AM CST
I love your freckled lily, J. Smiling

Ann, I wish I could have gotten a closer look at what's on the ladybug. I'll keep an eye out.

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jmorth
May 28, 2016 9:04 AM CST
The Lily is Salmon Classic, always one of the first to bloom in spring.
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GrammaChar
May 28, 2016 9:24 AM CST
Your lily is beautiful! Lovey dubby
GrammaChar
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jmorth
May 30, 2016 9:53 AM CST
Ornithogalum w/ winged creature
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Leafhopper on Asphodel
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
May 30, 2016 2:54 PM CST
That's a mighty colorful leafhopper J.
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GrammaChar
May 30, 2016 2:59 PM CST
Fabulous 'winged creature' shot!
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
May 30, 2016 8:58 PM CST
Lizard love.

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I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



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GrammaChar
May 30, 2016 10:11 PM CST
Oh my....That shot belongs in National Geographic, Ann.
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Name: Melanie Long
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
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mellielong
May 31, 2016 1:26 AM CST

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I feel like I should be saying something educational, like how you can see the native anoles range in color from green to brown, but you can tell the difference from the Cuban anoles by their slimmer profile and different head shape. But the kid in me just wants to point and laugh. Rolling on the floor laughing Sticking tongue out
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Name: Christine
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wildflowers
May 31, 2016 6:33 AM CST
That is a really great shot, Ann! I don't think I've ever witnessed lizards like that before. *Blush* Hilarious!
May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

Name: Melanie Long
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
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mellielong
May 31, 2016 12:04 PM CST

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I saw a couple at MOSI two years ago. The folder it's in is dated May 11, 2014. I wonder if this is a standard breeding time for them? Oh, but mine are the non-native Cuban anoles.

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GrammaChar
May 31, 2016 12:33 PM CST
Oh my. If this keeps up, we'll have to slap an "R" rating on this forum! Hilarious! Love your lizards, Melanie
But since we're on the Spring Is In The Air thread.....
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