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.
Autumn brings an end to the water lily blooming season at Sacramento’s William Land Park. But the large leaves remain, many with various insects that attract scores of red dragonflies. Here is a shot I took yesterday of one very large dragonfly.
The hoverfly is welcomed in our garden since it eats aphids. The male has bulging eyes close together like the one above while the female’s eyes are much smaller and further apart.
Thanks to the praying mantis shown above, aphids and other insects are not eating our plants. Of course, we have gophers devouring the nasturtiums. The mantis rubs its front legs together when it is in prey mode/pray mode. This one is a few feet from our front door.