Archive for the ‘Insects’ Category

2020 June 27

Saturday, June 27th, 2020

Found on Cut Dianthus in Kitchen

LadyBug

It is not uncommon to find ladybugs on greens purchased at the Farmers’ Market; sometimes several days after being refrigerated.

Unearthed Sansevieria 2019 August 28
Sansevieria

2020 June 27

Sansevieria

Lovely Pale Yellow Dianthus

Dianthus Pale Yellow

Was in a six pack of white dianthus.

Some Type of Origanium

Origanium

I have two plants, the other one has hairy foliage.

Succulent Gift From My Mother

Succulent

Purchased from the grocery store during one of our many shopping trips.

Found in the Orchard

Tragopogon

Thistle

Thistle

This type of plant generally has a blue flower. Should know for sure, soon.


Monarch Chrysalis

Friday, June 26th, 2020

Planned to move the plant rack from the deck to a space in the courtyard for potted succulents. I removed all of the plants.
Plant Rack Chrysalis

When I flipped the rack over to brush off all leaves and debris I found a Monarch Chrysalis.

Monarch Chrysalis

Apparently, one of the eight Monarch caterpillars made it through to the chrysalis stage.

Monarch Chrysalis

Didn’t finish cleaning the plant rack. Didn’t want to disturb the chrysalis. Also, left the plant rack empty to prevent giving the chrysalis a shower while watering plants.

Nature controls gardening. Gardening teaches patience.


Butterfly and Bee

Thursday, June 25th, 2020

Butterfly

Gulf fritillary Butterfly

Hibiscus and Bee

Hibiscus and Bee


Lichen Growth on Sculpture and Mold on an Orange

Thursday, June 25th, 2020

The sculpture was made while an undergrad at Ohio State University in the 80s. Unfortunately, the top rim of the smaller piece was chipped during a move. The pieces were designed to be placed in different positions while still having a dialogue. They were fired multiple times using lithium and lead glazes.

Sculpture on Deck

Grey Lichen

Grey and Orange Lichens

Orange Lichen

Red Lead Glaze and Orange Lichen

Lady Bug on Lithium Blue Glaze

Naturally Occurring Blue-Green Found on Orange
Orange Mold

Orange Mold

Orange Mold

My choice of glaze surfaces occurred before my interest in mold and lichen growth.


Jerusalem Cricket or Potato Bugs

Saturday, June 13th, 2020

Found under one of my potted plants today.

Potato Bug

It did not appear to like being disturbed. It tried to find a quick space to burrow into.

Jerusalem Cricket– Wikipedia


First Monarch Caterpillars

Friday, June 12th, 2020

I don’t know how I have missed them until tonight. They are quite large.

Monarch Cat 1

Monarch Cat 1

Monarch Cat 2

Monarch Cat 2

Monarch Cat 3 2020 June 13

Monarch Cat 3

Monarch Cat 3

Monarch Cat 4 2020 June 13

Monarch Cat 4

Monarch Cat 4

Monarch Eating

Last of Eight Monarch Cats 2020 June 19
Last of Eight Monarchs

Recent Monarch Visitor 2020 June 17
Monarch Visitor



Monarch

Monarch Visiting Garden, May 14, 2020


Thistle with Web

Saturday, June 6th, 2020

Web

Web


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.

Spotted Cucumber Beetle

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