Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum: Insect Photos -Some of My Garden Babies

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Name: Cheryl
Brownstown, Pennsylvania (Zone 6a)
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nativeplantlover
Jun 25, 2016 12:42 PM CST
There's nothing more interesting and relaxing than to check the gardens to see who's visiting. Sit back and enjoy observing some of them. Smiling

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Tortoise beetle on Ipomoea (Cardinal Climber Vine), an annual that feeds her and the hummers. She really is as metallic golden she appears.

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Virginia Ctenucha moth and friend on Butterfly Weed

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Syrphid Fly on Black-eyed Susan

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Robber Fly on Japanese Beautyberry

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Copper Larva on V. bonariensis

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Paper wasp on Boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum)


Fritillary cat on Violet

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All all black bumblbee- Strange!

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Digger Wasp on Mint -He eats Japanese beetles yay!


Monarch cat w/ frass on Butterfly Weed


Augochlora sweat bee on Evening Primrose


Dragonfly on Clematis Vine

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Question Mark Butterfly feeding on a windfall apple

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? Looks like Wavy- lined Emerald moth but it's burnt orange

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Female leaf-cutter bee emerging hole/nest. She'll keep plugging them up!

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Some leaves used by the LC bee
"My work is loving the world. Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird — equal seekers of sweetness. Here the clam deep in the speckled sand. Are my boots old? Is my coat torn? Am I no longer young, and still not half-perfect? Let me Keep my mind on what matters, which is my work which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished." — Mary Oliver, from Messenger
Texas (Zone 8a)
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GrammaChar
Jun 27, 2016 1:32 PM CST
You have some very cool bugs, Cheryl!
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Name: Bob
Clayton, NC (Zone 7b)
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DigginDirt
Jul 1, 2016 7:45 AM CST
Thank you so much for the pics. I need to do that for my visitors as well. I had several dragonflies that were spectacular but they seem to have only stayed long enough for the honeymoon then left after tlaying eggs.
I'm surprised I haven's seen Ladybugs lately, and only one baby Praying Mantis. I know they are out there; guess I need to "smell the roses" more. We have a southern toad - deep brownish red (I had never seen one that was red before), but he seems to keep to himself. There are lots of lizards & a gecko (he was eating a grub that was as big as his whole head!), and we have a mating pair of bluebirds still busy in a hollow high in the tree out front. Only one hummer but he is a beautiful green with a red throat that is almost blinding when the sun catches it just right.
So... now I guess I need to figure out how to make that digital camera work...
Name: Cheryl
Brownstown, Pennsylvania (Zone 6a)
Native Plants and Wildflowers Organic Gardener Region: Pennsylvania Bee Lover Butterflies Dragonflies
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nativeplantlover
Jul 1, 2016 1:21 PM CST
Bob, your garden sounds like it's so full of life! Don't let us only imagine, please try to capture all those beauties. Even flies sometimes are the most dazzling metallic colors. I'd love to see other member's garden visitors -and on a regular basis here. How fun would that be? All my pics are taken with just an iPhone. Saw toads last year but not yet here. Habitat fragmentation is probably partly to blame. Too many new fences going up and pesticides, herbicides, etc sure don't help either. I understand about spending too much time "serving" the garden and not enough just simply enjoying and documenting it. Right now I'm trying hard to catch a photo of the wool carder bees in my garden. The male guards his territory from other pollinators in the area. When he spies one he pops them with sharp spines on his body. He hangs out near plants that have fuzzy material which the females use to line their nests. When one does show up, they mate rather roughly and off she goes to another flower patch!
"My work is loving the world. Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird — equal seekers of sweetness. Here the clam deep in the speckled sand. Are my boots old? Is my coat torn? Am I no longer young, and still not half-perfect? Let me Keep my mind on what matters, which is my work which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished." — Mary Oliver, from Messenger
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Jul 1, 2016 7:46 PM CST
Cheryl, your little wavy lined burnt orange moth is a Little Butterflt - Pyrausta tyralis.
http://bugguide.net/node/view/300528
http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/pyrausta-tyralis

The Tortoise beetle looks like she belongs on a necklace!
I've been enjoying the photos. Thank You!
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 ~~



Name: Melanie Long
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
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mellielong
Jul 1, 2016 8:41 PM CST

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Ann, I bet you're getting tired of identifying that moth! Rolling on the floor laughing The backstory is that I saw one and posted it in the June butterfly thread and Elaine had already posted it earlier in the month and Ann identified it. I knew it looked familiar, but I didn't realize it was already on the same thread! Rolling on the floor laughing

http://garden.org/thread/view_post/1171496/
http://garden.org/thread/view_post/1192066/
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Name: Melanie Long
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
Larva tested, Pupa approved!
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mellielong
Jul 1, 2016 8:44 PM CST

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FYI, Ann I think where it says "Little Butterflt" on Bugguide it's a typo. Like, maybe someone submitted the picture as that and then someone else came along and identified it with the Latin name. Because it's definitely a moth.
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Name: Bob
Clayton, NC (Zone 7b)
Ferns Dog Lover Cat Lover Region: North Carolina Garden Ideas: Level 1 Hummingbirder
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DigginDirt
Jul 2, 2016 2:49 PM CST
Cheryl, I went out this morning to see if I could get some shots of critters. Murphy's Law set in - everyone seemed to be getting ready for the 4th of July I guess; the only thing I found out there was a June bug trying frantically to get out of the pond (a couple of the fish were giving him motivation as well). I assisted him out then "accident;y stepped on him so the roses will have one less visit. I suspect too many already "enjoy June bugs without pics~

When I got back from running errands a beautiful dragonfly happened by - of course the camera was in the house and he was gone when I got back out. I'll try again - even Murphy's Law has limits!
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Jul 2, 2016 6:33 PM CST
mellielong said:Ann, I bet you're getting tired of identifying that moth! Rolling on the floor laughing The backstory is that I saw one and posted it in the June butterfly thread and Elaine had already posted it earlier in the month and Ann identified it. I knew it looked familiar, but I didn't realize it was already on the same thread! Rolling on the floor laughing

http://garden.org/thread/view_post/1171496/
]http://garden.org/thread/view_post/1192066/


I know! That moth keeps turning up everywhere lately. I found that common name to be very strange also & wondered about it. How would you pronounce that anyway?
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 ~~



Name: Cheryl
Brownstown, Pennsylvania (Zone 6a)
Native Plants and Wildflowers Organic Gardener Region: Pennsylvania Bee Lover Butterflies Dragonflies
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nativeplantlover
Jul 3, 2016 9:19 AM CST
flaflwrgrl said:Cheryl, your little wavy lined burnt orange moth is a Little Butterflt - Pyrausta tyralis.
http://bugguide.net/node/view/300528
http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/pyrausta-tyralis

The Tortoise beetle looks like she belongs on a necklace!
I've been enjoying the photos. Thank You!


Thank you for IDing that moth Ann,
It had me wondering for a while. The golden Tortoise Beetle feeds on morning glories and the larva hides its body from predators with its own poop--blech! I've found a different type in the past that really looked like a mini turtle! I'll stick some more pics up here later on. It's a fun challenge to get something less seen.
"My work is loving the world. Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird — equal seekers of sweetness. Here the clam deep in the speckled sand. Are my boots old? Is my coat torn? Am I no longer young, and still not half-perfect? Let me Keep my mind on what matters, which is my work which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished." — Mary Oliver, from Messenger
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
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flaflwrgrl
Jul 5, 2016 8:04 AM CST
You're welcomeCheryl!
Ewwwwwwwwwww, hiding in it's own poop. Yuckkkkkkkk! I never knew that.
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 ~~



Name: Cheryl
Brownstown, Pennsylvania (Zone 6a)
Native Plants and Wildflowers Organic Gardener Region: Pennsylvania Bee Lover Butterflies Dragonflies
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nativeplantlover
Jul 5, 2016 9:29 AM CST
Corrections: photo #9 is a mason /potter wasp and #11 is an Agapostemon sweat bee. Sorry!
"My work is loving the world. Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird — equal seekers of sweetness. Here the clam deep in the speckled sand. Are my boots old? Is my coat torn? Am I no longer young, and still not half-perfect? Let me Keep my mind on what matters, which is my work which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished." — Mary Oliver, from Messenger
Name: Avedon
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Avedon
Jul 13, 2016 5:34 PM CST
Yesterday evening as I was photographing flowers, I was fortunate enough to take this picture of a dragonfly, what a pretty thing.

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Name: Cheryl
Brownstown, Pennsylvania (Zone 6a)
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nativeplantlover
Jul 13, 2016 6:03 PM CST
DigginDirt said:Cheryl, I went out this morning to see if I could get some shots of critters. Murphy's Law set in - everyone seemed to be getting ready for the 4th of July I guess; the only thing I found out there was a June bug trying frantically to get out of the pond (a couple of the fish were giving him motivation as well). I assisted him out then "accident;y stepped on him so the roses will have one less visit. I suspect too many already "enjoy June bugs without pics~

When I got back from running errands a beautiful dragonfly happened by - of course the camera was in the house and he was gone when I got back out. I'll try again - even Murphy's Law has limits!


Tell me about it! I have so many instances of "the one that got away!" Currently it's the birds here goldfinches and hummers. I have photos but none too close or sharp enough to post here. Same goes for the lager butterflies Sad
"My work is loving the world. Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird — equal seekers of sweetness. Here the clam deep in the speckled sand. Are my boots old? Is my coat torn? Am I no longer young, and still not half-perfect? Let me Keep my mind on what matters, which is my work which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished." — Mary Oliver, from Messenger
Name: Cheryl
Brownstown, Pennsylvania (Zone 6a)
Native Plants and Wildflowers Organic Gardener Region: Pennsylvania Bee Lover Butterflies Dragonflies
Hummingbirder Frogs and Toads Birds Spiders! Cat Lover Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
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nativeplantlover
Jul 13, 2016 6:05 PM CST
Avedon said:Yesterday evening as I was photographing flowers, I was fortunate enough to take this picture of a dragonfly, what a pretty thing.

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Oooooo it' so beautiful it almost looks airbrushed! I tip my hat to you.
"My work is loving the world. Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird — equal seekers of sweetness. Here the clam deep in the speckled sand. Are my boots old? Is my coat torn? Am I no longer young, and still not half-perfect? Let me Keep my mind on what matters, which is my work which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished." — Mary Oliver, from Messenger
Name: Avedon
NE Tex (Zone 8a)
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Avedon
Jul 14, 2016 10:29 AM CST
Thank you, Cheryl, I can hardly believe the picture turned out like this, what extraordinary luck. This pic is not so good, the wind was blowing quite hard and I couldn't get as close as I wanted, but I love the color of blue on this dragonfly.

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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
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flaflwrgrl
Jul 15, 2016 6:13 PM CST
Stellar photos Avedon! Thumbs up Thumbs up
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 ~~



Name: Avedon
NE Tex (Zone 8a)
Daylilies Cat Lover Hummingbirder Region: Texas Salvias Bee Lover
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Avedon
Jul 17, 2016 10:18 AM CST
I just remembered I have another picture of a dragonfly perched on our trellis for a clematis. The dragonfly stayed there a long time, I think it wanted to be photographed. Smiling

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Name: Cheryl
Brownstown, Pennsylvania (Zone 6a)
Native Plants and Wildflowers Organic Gardener Region: Pennsylvania Bee Lover Butterflies Dragonflies
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nativeplantlover
Jul 17, 2016 11:49 AM CST
[quote="Avedon"]I just remembered I have another picture of a dragonfly perched on our trellis for a clematis. The dragonfly stayed there a long time, I think it wanted to be photographed. Smiling

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I LOVE the woods too! It makes a nice backdrop for the pics. I'm beginning to think that almost everyone on ATP lives in Texas or Florida. Green Grin!

"My work is loving the world. Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird — equal seekers of sweetness. Here the clam deep in the speckled sand. Are my boots old? Is my coat torn? Am I no longer young, and still not half-perfect? Let me Keep my mind on what matters, which is my work which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished." — Mary Oliver, from Messenger

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