The bugs of Bloom Day

Yesterday I showed you what's in bloom in the garden right now, getting up-close and personal with the plants -- something that I haven't done for a while. The result is that I saw some of the inhabitants of the garden...


...and early autumn is a great time for this! Here's a carpenter bee settling in for the night on the Agastache. Seems like it could have chosen a stronger stem for its bulky body, but I guess this is fine.


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There are so many spiders, this little guy on the tansy is just one example:




This stinkbug nymph probably won't make it to adult form before freezing temperatures set in:


Does that mean that it's doomed, or will it continue growing after the spring thaw?


These meadow katydids know that their time is limited...


...and that eggs need to be laid ASAP!


That certainly looks like the right tool to use for this purpose!


I spent so much time admiring the fuzzy purpleness of the Salvia leucantha...


...that I couldn't help but notice that I'm not the only one who loves these blooms!


(Although I don't know how they taste -- I just love the look of them.)


And a soldier bug (not sure which type, as you don't normally see them from this side) basking on my kitchen window...


...gave me a good view. Such a long proboscis!


And surprisingly fuzzy underneath for something that looks armor-plated.



Surprisingly, I didn't see a mantis. There's still time though...


Have you gotten any good looks at the small critters in your garden lately?

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Mark and Gaz  – (October 17, 2014 at 9:24 AM)  

So cool that you're able to capture in such detail!

Lucy Corrander at Loose and Leafy  – (October 17, 2014 at 10:44 AM)  

I really like it when I find insects to photograph on plants. The soldier bug's legs seem to come up through holes in its back. What an extraordinary creature.

Maywyn Studio  – (October 18, 2014 at 2:31 AM)  

Lots of those black and orange stripe bugs and a few real lady bugs are basking in the sun all over the patio screen and window as well as the siding.

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