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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Summer visitors

This gopher tortoise was hanging out in the drive, and made no effort to move until after I got out of the truck to photograph him.
The state reptile of Georgia, these guys lend cool factor to the garden.

Indigo bunting, is this guy blue enough for you?

The cow killers are colorful too.
I walk around bare-footed, but I don't think I'd want to step on one of these guys for more reasons than concerns for the critter...

The hummingbirds are adorable.

Manduca rustica caterpillar shows his close kinship to the tomato hornworm.
Feeding on vitex (chaste tree), which I'm willing to share... He crawled off and did whatever shortly after posing for this photo shoot.

Tiny Red-banded Hairstreak butterfly visiting the verbesina



Blogger Ragged Robin said...

I love the blue of the Indigo Bunting - incredible :) Beautiful butterflies in this and the previous post too - really lovely!

August 24, 2012 at 5:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay, I'm gonna assume those cow killers are hideously poisonous? And just how big is that tortoise? You didn't throw a ruler down to help us out but he looks a lot bigger than ours. I liked all the angles on that Manduca caterpillar.

August 24, 2012 at 7:02 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Great pictures! I love the hummer!

August 26, 2012 at 8:42 AM  
Blogger Gardens-In-The-Sand said...

@ Mizz Chairman... The cow killers are wingless hornets, not poisonous, but the sting is said to hurt.
Loret T. Setters recently posted an informative post about the cow killer (Dasymutilla spp.)

Thanks for visiting Ragged Robin and Lisa! :)

August 28, 2012 at 6:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Loret said the cow killers live in the Eastern U.S. but I've never seen them in Florida and I pay attention to where I walk because of snakes. I often see a lot of bees at ground level and a grayish brown frog the size of your thumbnail.

August 28, 2012 at 1:31 PM  

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