When I started gardening, I also began to notice things besides plant life in the garden. With flowers come bees and butterflies, sure, but wait! There's more! Moths and spiders and insects of all kinds lurk about. I had to get over any phobias I may have had (*cough* spiders *cough*) or I was not going to enjoy my time in the garden.
As time went on, I not only noticed more, I purposely looked for bugs and when I'd find one, I'd do research to learn more about it. Today, I can say that the "critters" enhance my gardening experience. Okay, maybe the iris borers not so much.
This summer was no different than those in the past. I discovered new bugs and learned fascinating facts about them. And I found out new things about bugs I'd already met. I like to take photos whenever possible, so that when I go inside and try to ID the bug, I can compare my photo to those online to make a positive match.
Here are some that I've seen this summer:
Not sure which kind of moth this is - maybe one of the Ermine moths?
It's very tiny. Shown here on Asclepias tuberosa 'Hello Yellow'.
Charidotella sexpunctata bicolor
Ebony Jewel Wing Damselfly
Snowberry Clearwing Moth
Great Golden Digger Wasp
Polyphemus Moth caterpillar
Orange-Collared Scape Moth
White-Marked Tussock Moth caterpillar
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
Big-butt spider in the first photo is Spined Micrathena (Micrathena gracilis) and they're all over the place right now!