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Name: Cheryl
Brownstown, Pennsylvania (Zone 6a)
Native Plants and Wildflowers Organic Gardener Garden Photography The WITWIT Badge Bee Lover Butterflies
Cat Lover Hummingbirder Birds Dragonflies Frogs and Toads Spiders!
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nativeplantlover
Jul 7, 2016 10:42 AM CST
Not as exciting as butterflies I keep missing the shots lately, but still fun! Enjoy looking.
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Negro Bug
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Soldier Beetle
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Two Long-legged Flies in Jewel Tones
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Daddy Long Legs- Bleech! I still can't bear to touch anything that even resembles a spider.
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1st(I think) instar of Black Swallowtail caterpillar
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Cuckoo Wasp decked out in best her green outfit Smiling
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Potter/mason Wasp on Rue
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Love is in the Air! Milkweed Beetles on Swamp Milkweed flower. Sometimes we love to hold one gently to our ear to hear it screech.
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Female Bumblebee with hugely loaded pollen baskets(Corbicula) from the rear on swamp milkweed flower. One basket can hold a million grains of pollen!
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Here she is again sticking her tongue into the flower. She stops a lot to groom herself using a special notch on her front legs and more combs on her middle legs.
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Bumbles really adore this type of catmint: Nepeta subsessilis "Sweet Dreams" I planted lots of it
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Another Bumble mid-flight going to regular catmint.
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Grapeleaf Skeletonizer moth on Red Osier Dogwood
"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: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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wildflowers
Jul 7, 2016 11:24 AM CST
Love them!! Hurray! Wonderful photos, Cheryl! Thumbs up Thumbs up

I think just about all bugs are exciting to look at. Shrug! Lovey dubby
May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

Name: Melanie
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
Butterflies Enjoys or suffers hot summers Hummingbirder Birds Bee Lover Bookworm
Region: Florida Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Bromeliad Native Plants and Wildflowers Plant Identifier Salvias
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mellielong
Jul 7, 2016 11:30 AM CST
Outstanding! And that is an early instar of the Black Swallowtail. I see you have Rue in one of your other photos. That is a host plant for them. Thumbs up
Name: Cheryl
Brownstown, Pennsylvania (Zone 6a)
Native Plants and Wildflowers Organic Gardener Garden Photography The WITWIT Badge Bee Lover Butterflies
Cat Lover Hummingbirder Birds Dragonflies Frogs and Toads Spiders!
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nativeplantlover
Jul 7, 2016 2:42 PM CST
Thanks so much ladies! I really enjoy the hunt to get their pictures as much as the rest of you. Plants that don't feed insects seem kinda boring to me. Mel, growing everything I can for the swallowtails: dill, fennel, rue, carrot, even golden alexanders. Any other host plant?
"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: Melanie
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
Butterflies Enjoys or suffers hot summers Hummingbirder Birds Bee Lover Bookworm
Region: Florida Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Bromeliad Native Plants and Wildflowers Plant Identifier Salvias
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mellielong
Jul 7, 2016 2:47 PM CST
Parsley is another one. Curled and flat-leaf. You probably want to stay away from the poisonous ones like Water Hemlock. Mock Bishop's Weed is another one. Queen Anne's Lace works, too. Sounds like you have quite the variety for them already!

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