Oh, these beautiful bugs!

Since I've been spending some time taking a close look at the Japanese beetles, I've been seeing lots of other insect life too. I love taking a close look at the tiny creatures in my garden, because when I do so I'm always amazed.

I'm also frustrated a little bit, as it makes me wonder just how many fascinating and beautiful insects are hiding all around me. I want to find and photograph them all, but I expect it would be a full-time endeavor, so I'll make due with the few that I do find.


Even though I just posted about Japanese beetles, I have to include them here because they really are pretty insects, if you ignore the damage they're doing. Let's get them out of the way first:

That second one had a different coloration: more bronze than green. I wonder what that means?

Katydid nymph. I see at least one of these on this rose every year.

I don't know what these are yet, but they're all over the cardoon.

A "twice-stabbed" stink bug.

Baby grasshopper! About 1/2" long (1.25 cm)


Fly? Wasp? Bee? I think "fly" but not sure.

Tiny unknown beetle on a sage leaf. Could also be an "ebony bug".

This is the same spiky insect that's all over the cardoon. This one has just
moulted though, and hasn't darkened yet. (Compare to earlier photo.)

So that's a look at some of the insects I've found in the last few days. I'm going to be looking all summer long, as these creatures are as important to my garden as the plants are.

Well, not quite as important as the plants, but without the insects it would be a boring place indeed.


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Pauline  – (June 30, 2011 at 12:06 PM)  

Fascinating!!! It's amazing how much wildlife shares our garden with us, and makes it a more interesting place. Super photos!

Gerhard Bock (Succulents and More)  – (June 30, 2011 at 2:36 PM)  

I'm impressed by how many you were able to name. I'm woefully under-educated when it comes to bugs and bug names.

Alan  – (June 30, 2011 at 2:54 PM)  

bugguide.net is the place for insect IDs. I may have to do a post on how to use that site, as it took me a year to figure it out. Great resource though.

Christine @ the Gardening Blog  – (June 30, 2011 at 4:06 PM)  

I love "bug posts" - always interesting what shares our gardens with us.

Diana Studer  – (June 30, 2011 at 4:24 PM)  

do do a post telling us how to ID bugs ... please? I have a fat book of South African insects, but they cannot cover everything, sometimes I remain mystified. On my last post I have A Moth. Couldn't name him!

Rock rose  – (June 30, 2011 at 6:03 PM)  

Always happy to have an id on a bug. Now I know it is a katydid nymph. Thanks.

Alan  – (June 30, 2011 at 6:35 PM)  

Ok, I think I'll work on my "how to ID a bug" post tonight (for posting in the morning). :-)

Andrea  – (July 1, 2011 at 1:17 AM)  

Hi Alan, yes they are all beauties, we have lots of them but my lenses are my limiting factor. Your shots are lovely.

Janet  – (July 1, 2011 at 10:37 PM)  

Wonderful little insects and what a variety. The colour of the Japanese beetles is almost iridescent.
Why is a stink bug so called? or is there an obvious answer, like it stinks?

John  – (July 23, 2015 at 6:06 PM)  

This looks like a leaf beetle in the genus Altica. There are about 70 species north of Mexico. The last one I photographed was 2-3 mm, so they are small buggers. :)

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