Two big plant sales left with me with full flats and an empty purse 🙂 Excited to be building a native plant garden this year! I can’t wait to shoot all these new-to-me flowers and meet all the insects these plants attract.
I didn’t know grasshoppers ate flower petals until I spied this one happily chomping away. Aware of my gaze, he crept behind the flower and inched down the stem. I love the raised hairs on the back of his neck – fully alert and ready for action…
The green bottle fly is uncommonly green but has a typical fly-like predilection for rotting flesh. Turns out that makes it quite useful – from maggot therapy to forensic science. Perhaps this one was unique among flies; I found him getting herby with our sage plant.
As the waves of prairie plants reach their peak, each is matched by accompanying hordes of insects. Just as the milkweed begins to release its diaphanous seeds, so the carnival of bright orange bugs arrives on the scene, like revelers to the feast.
We were all drawn to the sunny yellow blossoms of the goldenrod. None more so than the assembly of amorous soldier beetles. Locked in motionless embraces, they were oblivious to everything but their coupling, making them great macro subjects.
The quarry is populated by these funnel web spiders, best found in the shimmer of morning dew. The sheet webs shine like diamonds suspended in mid-air; get close enough and you’ll see the resident spider spying back at you from inside his lair.
It was the gorgeous stands of wild indigo that got my attention, but the bumblebee stole the show. Especially when I noticed his bulging pollen sacs (and managed to contain his fervent activity in a moment of sharp focus).