Archive for the ‘Insects’ Category

Weed Gift

Sunday, September 26th, 2021

Weed

Weed

Weed

Weed

Weed

Weed

Weed

Weed

Weed

Weed

Weed

The gift had multiple insects including a grasshopper. Rare to see grasshoppers in my gardens.
Grasshopper


Gulf Fritillary Caterpillars Are Back

Saturday, September 18th, 2021

The loss of Passiflora flowers is worth it to see the lovely Gulf Fritillary butterflies.

Eaten Passion Vine

Eaten Passion Vine

Gulf Fritillary Caterpillars

Gulf Fritillary Caterpillars

Gulf Fritillary Butterfly

An Intact Flower

Passiflora Flower


Largus californicus

Thursday, September 2nd, 2021

All Tucked In

Black Bugs Tucked Away

Activity
Black Bugs

Black Bugs

Black Bugs

Black Bugs

Transformation
Black Bug Transformation

When I went back to check on the progress of the transformation, a lizard ran out of the area. No insect to be found. Did it run off? Or…?

Black Bug Transformation

Adult
Black Bugs

Black Bugs


Largus californicus

Tuesday, August 24th, 2021

Black Insects

Black Insects

Black Insects

Black Insects

Black Insects

University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources

Wikipedia–Largus californicus


Dragonfly

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2021

Nearly stepped on the dragonfly. Until it flitted away, I thought it was just another pine needle.

Dragonfly


Everything Loves Brugs

Monday, July 26th, 2021

Often the first clue is leaf damage.

Brug Leaf Damage

Some insects are so camouflaged it can be difficult to see them. Even when they are quite large.
Wormy Guy


Gulf fritillary Butterfly

Friday, July 23rd, 2021

The Gulf fritillary was visiting the Passiflora and resting on a Salvia.

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Gulf fritillary

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Gulf fritillary

Gulf_fritillary at wikipedia


Common Swallowtail

Friday, July 16th, 2021

How can something so beautiful be common?

The Swallowtail visited one of my potted milkweed.

Butterfly

Butterfly

Papilio zelicaon
Wikipedia–Anise Swallowtail

Images of the Lifecycle of the Anise Swallowtail


Protected Datura

Sunday, June 27th, 2021

The morning after I planted Datura seedlings, I found the leaves eaten and some plants totally missing.

This is a seedling I popped in a pot of evening primrose and morning glories, all protected.

Protected Datura


Pandorea jasminoides

Sunday, June 27th, 2021

Pandorea jasminoides

Pandorea jasminoides

Pandorea jasminoides

After Bee Visitors

Pandorea jasminoides

Pandorea jasminoides

This Morning

Pandorea jasminoides

First glance, I felt a bit frustrated.

Pandorea jasminoides

A closer look…

Pandorea jasminoides Vessel

…it’s a beautiful vessel!