Archive for the ‘Insects’ Category

Scarlet Runner Bean Flower with Salvia Flower

Thursday, June 4th, 2020

Salvia and Bean Flowers

Salvia and Scarlet Runner Bean Flower

The scarlet bean plants are volunteers. They are from beans that I grew last session. Last year some neighborhood kids sold us seeds for 25 cents each. The kids went into detail about how easy the beans were to grow, red color of the flowers (scarlet), and how to prepare the beans.

The bean flower has already been partially eaten by a spotted cucumber beetle. They are those pretty little insects that look a bit like elongated green lady bugs. I have chosen not to use systemic in most of my garden spaces because I want my gardens to be an inviting environment for butterflies and hummingbirds.

Monarch


Garden 20200527

Wednesday, May 27th, 2020

Bee

Morning Glory

Ipomoea

Pandorea

Pandorea, First Blooms Plants Started From Harvested Seed

Pandorea

Pandorea

Slavia

Salvia

Senecio radicans

Senecio radicans

Gazania

Gazania

Gazania

Gazania

agave

Cracked Agave


Bee

Monday, May 11th, 2020

I spent a few minutes this evening watching the bee.
Beautiful wings and fun barbed feet.

Bee

Bee

Bee


Cactus and Callistemon Flowers

Tuesday, May 5th, 2020

When I purchased the Callistemon, the plant ID stated the flowers would be yellow. Not keen on the brilliant red, but bees and hummingbirds seem to be attracted to the flowers.

Bottlebrush

One of many bees enjoying the Callistemon (bottlebrush).

Callistemon (bottlebrush)
Callistemon

Callistemon

Seed Pods
Callistemon

Bottlebrush

From a different Callistemon that was pruned and is not yet blooming.

More Cactus Flowers
Cactus Flowers


Stick Bug

Monday, March 23rd, 2020

I was pruning shrubs and thought this was a leaf. Until I picked it up and its legs started moving.

Sick Bug

Sick Bug


Milkweed

Wednesday, February 5th, 2020

Milkweed Seeds

Milkweed Silk and Seeds

Milkweed With Yellow Aphid

Milkweed Open Pod

Milkweed Open Pod

Milkweed Open Pod

Milkweed Open Pod


Could this be good news?

Pismo Beach’s Monarch Butterfly Numbers Doubled This Winter

Aphids on Milkweed

Tuesday, January 14th, 2020

Aphids Yellow

Aphids Yellow

Aphids Yellow


Water Droplets and Webs

Wednesday, October 16th, 2019

Water Droplets

Water Droplets

Who made the webs???

Webs


Critters

Monday, October 14th, 2019

Critters that I am fine with–

Monarch

Ladybug

Wasp

Wasp

Critters that are frustrating and creep me out–
Spider Mites

Web

Web


Webs

Saturday, September 21st, 2019

Webs

Webs