They’re called red dragonflies but frankly they are orange as shown in this photo taken at a Sacramento lily pond.
A buckeye butterfly floats by very old brick.
In this rather odd photo a tiny moth is trapped in a barely visible web cast between the leaves of a coleus. Somehow this capture fits the roller coaster of emotions in a world caught in the middle of a pandemic and the politics of hate.
The praying mantis like the one in our backyard has five eyes. Stop. That’s five eyes according to numerous scientific sources. Two “large” eyes detect movement and gauge dept while three smaller eyes between the two large eyes detect light. Of course, the female mantis will sometimes eat its mate. Enough.
Our front yard appears to be a battle ground between two insect-eating species: the ladybug and the Asian Lady beetle. Love the ladybugs. But the look alike Asian lady beetle will bite and excrete a foul smelling liquid when riled. The Asian Lady beetle–introduced in this country in 1916 to fight aphids– has a whiteContinue reading “Ladybugs vs. Asian Lady Beetles”
In our sheltering-in world I found a ladybug yesterday wedged in flower bloom that had yet to open. It stayed there throughout the day.
The friendly assault on our ivy continues with thousands of honey bees collecting nectar and pollen before winter. So far, I’ve only seen one monarch in the ivy–too many bees, I guess, or too few monarchs.
The ivy has been worked over by bees and hoverflies while flowers are having their last go-around of blooms–it is autumn on the Central California coast. Yesterday, I took a few closeups of what has been a common scene for the past month but not for much longer.