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Thursday, September 1, 2016

danger and butterflies

2 green lynx spiders and a bumble bee, bad day to be a pollinator. 
They're not helping the watermelon vine much either...

 A coupla black widow spiders... I spotted the top one while picking watermelon, the bottom one is nesting among the potted plants...

And... this guy.
I was walking to the house from the garden, and heard a cicada... only...
the buzzing didn't change tones... just didn't sound quite right...
looked around, saw that the cats had this guy surrounded!
I gathered up cats, tossed them in the house and shut the door... 
gave this big guy time to get out of dodge.

Had a heck of a butterfly hatch, they're crawling over everything!
If I stood back and shot the entire lantana bush, I could probably get 20 or 30 in the pic... unfortunately, they'd be difficult to spot without enlarging and getting a magnifying glass.

I watched this gulf fritillary lay an egg on the passionflower vine and then make a fuel stop at the flower... wonder what the passiflora thought.

 You don't get butterflies without caterpillars, but what's this guy doing on a blackberry bush?
Should be on a cassia...

Buckeye caterpillar on agalinis.

Buckeye visiting eupatorium hyssopifolium.

Armyworms eating amaranth

gulf fritillary visits cucumber vine.

Checkered frit visits dune sunflower



Blogger Ellen Honeycutt said...

Wow, what a wonderful place to be - your place is full of life! It has been a pretty good year for butterflies, I agree.

September 3, 2016 at 7:58 AM  
Blogger Gardens-In-The-Sand said...

The secret is to leave the natural areas alone.... Too many people mow or worse, spread herbicide in a pointless exercise trying to keep everything "tidy" and then act surprised when they don't see any butterflies in their flower garden....

September 3, 2016 at 8:43 AM  

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