Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum: Bee Friends And Other Garden Guests - Chapter 7 - A New Year 2017

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Name: Melanie
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
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Region: Florida Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Bromeliad Native Plants and Wildflowers Plant Identifier Salvias
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mellielong
Mar 8, 2017 1:37 PM CST
Lots of bugs showing up in the yard. Let's have a look!

This little guy was on the well, but I found more of them around the yard. Is this an assassin bug nymph?

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Here's another one in the Pellitory.

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I was outside in the first place because my Hibiscus "Fort Myers" has a serious aphid problem so I was spraying water and Dawn on it.

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I found two ladybugs trying to help.

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There's a lot of things on this Hibiscus leaf.

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But let's focus on that clump. Are those yellow things ladybug eggs that are hatching?

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I found a Cicada on the well, but I thought it was just a shell. Nope!

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As I walked to the house, another Cicada landed on my hand and I flung it out in reaction. The Cicada landed on the screen, but on my next lap around the house, it was Anole food. Circle of life, folks.

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This all black bug was pretty high up on the house so I couldn't get a great shot. I know I've seen this thing before, but I can't remember what it is. Seems like it's been a while since I saw one.

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Then, I was caterpillar hunting when I saw this thing. I thought it had a really pretty pattern, and just hoped it wouldn't bite or sting me.

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Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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wildflowers
Mar 8, 2017 1:47 PM CST
Hi Melanie, Unfortunatelu, I think that first bug is a leaf footed bug. The nymphs look a lot like the assassin bug and sometimes hard to distiguish.

Looks like you have a bunch of aphids on your hibiscus but lucky you the ladybugs have arrived to save the day. Hurray! Hurray!

I think that last bug is a long horned beetle... not sure. It seems like I'm always kind of rusty in the spring and have to remember the names of everything again! Hilarious!
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
Mar 8, 2017 2:03 PM CST
Right? I was looking at those things thinking, "I know this one!" But couldn't think of what they were. I hate Leaf-Footed Bugs. When they get big they freak me out. Just don't like the way they look. And they're oddly attracted to my Sweetbay Magnolia.
Name: Glen Ingram
Macleay Is, Qld, Australia (Zone 12a)
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Gleni
Mar 9, 2017 6:07 AM CST
I am not sure but this might be a Polyrachis on DALRIADA.

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central Illinois
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jmorth
Mar 9, 2017 4:34 PM CST
1st fly on a bulb this year!
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Nothing that's been done can ever be changed.
Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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wildflowers
Mar 9, 2017 4:54 PM CST
Lucky fly is sitting pretty! Smiling
May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
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ctcarol
Mar 9, 2017 7:21 PM CST
The best thing about winter is no flies or ants. They're baaack with the heat.
Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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wildflowers
Mar 10, 2017 6:48 PM CST
Some bugs today ~

This assassin nymph is different than the ones I usually see.
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One of those funny looking leaf hoppers.
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There were lots of bees on the dewberries.
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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
Mar 10, 2017 6:50 PM CST
Isn't that leaf hopper the one we dubbed the "bottle opener" bug last year? Hilarious!
Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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wildflowers
Mar 10, 2017 6:57 PM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing Yeah, that's right!
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
Mar 12, 2017 8:17 AM CST
Have a ladybug morning! Thumbs up

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Name: UrbanWild
Kentucky (Zone 6b)
Kentucky - borderline of 6a & 6b
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UrbanWild
Mar 15, 2017 9:39 AM CST
The hognose snake is an awesom "get". We don't see a lot of them any more. When I was much younger they were far more commonly encountered.

BTW, on the subject of hird houses, a great resoyrse worthy of your support and participation is Nestwatch:

http://nestwatch.org/learn/all...

I am gathering some photos and notes to post on bat houses later. They are far more tricky in order to be effective.
Always looking for interesting plants for pollinators and food! Bonus points for highly, and pleasantly scented plants.

"Si hortum in bibliotheca habes, nihil deerit." [“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”] -- Marcus Tullius Cicero in Ad Familiares IX, 4, to Varro. 46 BCE
Texas (Zone 8a)
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GrammaChar
Mar 15, 2017 9:43 PM CST
A bee, assorted pollinators, and the long-absent bee butt pose. Spring has arrived in central Texas!

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GrammaChar
Texas (Zone 8a)
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GrammaChar
Mar 16, 2017 10:31 AM CST
A couple more unidentified bugs...

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and a hiding crab spider.

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GrammaChar
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
Mar 16, 2017 7:12 PM CST
Went to Selby Gardens in Sarasota today and have a few treats for you.

The gardens are right on the water so they get turtles. From the looks, I think this is a Red-Eared Slider which are not native. They used to be sold as pets at the mall (now banned) and people released them when they got too big. When I volunteered at MOSI, we took some in and put them in our pond exhibit just so people wouldn't release them in the wild. They out-compete our native turtles for food.

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Credit to Mom for this one. She saw the orange and black and said, "What's that?" I told her it was a ladybug larva.

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It was on butterfly pea (the one that blooms dark blue). I grow that in my garden for the Long-Tailed Skippers and I was actually caterpillar hunting. No caterpillars, but I found a ladybug shell. Or whatever you call it when they molt. Pupa? Is that their pupa?

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Over in the butterfly garden, I found another one on another butterfly pea plant. This one looks like it's still in the process of pupating.

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And here's the reason they're there. Aphids!

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The lizards didn't want to move because it was cold. They just wanted to bask.

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Bees LOVE the Shaving Brush tree.

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The common name for this is Blue Sage, but I told Mom it didn't look like a Salvia. It's Latin name is Eranthemum pulchellum. The bees were loving it, but I couldn't get a good photo. Not enough light. So you get this one blurry photo. Hilarious!

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North Central TX (Zone 8a)
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tx_flower_child
Mar 17, 2017 11:37 AM CST
Anybody know what this guy is? He's usually coiled up but I got him riled up and boy did he move fast! Appears to have a lot of little legs but couldn't really tell. When he is coiled up and spacing out, his underbelly is white-ish. Apologies that I only have a camera on my phone. Just squint.

If I see him or his kin again, I'll try for better pictures.

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Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
Moon Gardener Herbs Seed Starter Tomato Heads Vegetable Grower Organic Gardener
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wildflowers
Mar 17, 2017 3:40 PM CST
Not sure what that is... looks sort of like a tiny millipede, they will coil but I don't know what that thing is on the rear.
May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

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Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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wildflowers
Mar 17, 2017 3:49 PM CST
Possibly this, the common garden millipede. http://www.clemson.edu/extensi...
May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

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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
Mar 17, 2017 5:15 PM CST
I was thinking millipede, too, but what is that attachment he seems to have? Confused
Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
Moon Gardener Herbs Seed Starter Tomato Heads Vegetable Grower Organic Gardener
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wildflowers
Mar 17, 2017 6:09 PM CST
Could it be molting? Shrug!
May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

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