Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Bug Shots

Just a few other living things that we've observed
in or near our gardens:

Baby grasshopper
on a daylily petal

Bee-fly (Bombylius major)
on Rock Cress

Giant Ichneumon Wasp
on Virginia Bluebells

Hummingbird Clearwing Moth (Hemarus thyshe)
on Petite Monarda

Striped Cucumber Beetle (Acalymma vittatum)
inside Canteloupe blossom

Running Crab Spider (Tibellus oblongus)
on Iris leaf, with prey

White-Marked Tussock Moth (Orgyia leucostigma)
found feeding on miniature roses

Blue Spotted Salamander (Ambystoma laterale)
found in the swimming pool

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) Butterfly on Sea Holly

on Drumstick Allium

on Dieffenbachia

Crab Spider (Misumena vatia)
on white peony

I did not find these in my garden (thank goodness!), but in a public park in Bryan, Ohio, last Monday, where we had a picnic before visiting Goll Woods. I can't believe how brazen those Japanese Beetles are...


Anonymous said...

What great photos! Each one is a masterpiece. I never seem to have my camera close enough at hand when I spot tiny critters like these....

Yolanda Elizabet Heuzen said...

That is quite an impressive collection of creepy crawlies you have there Kylee. ;-) Great pics although I was a bit shocked by the last one. Japanese beetles making even more JB's. Brrrr :-D

Muum said...

the pics are great. We found a salamander very similar to yours in our compost pile last year.

Stacey Renee said...

These are gorgeous pictures! I am completely fascinated by the creepy-crawly critters in your garden! Some of these I have NEVER seen before, nor have I taken the time to look for... but, now I will take some time to notice them! Thank you!

David (Snappy) said...

Kylee you have captured some fabulous creepie crawlies.Your garden is alive with lots of insect activity.I love the Salamander too, so cute and blue..
The Japenese beetles made me laugh lol.Birds and bee's...
Loved your photos :)

Connie said...

Nice capture on these bug photos! I have never seen a bee-fly where I live. The crab spider is so nicely camoflauged in the white peony.

Unknown said...

Oh, Kylee, I love that little salamander! What a great picture you got of him.

Jared said...

Amazing photography Kylee, always impressive!

picturephoto said...

Wow. These are great photos! I'm inspired to look for insects to photograph now.

kathy said...

Really nice! I enjoyed looking at all of them. I'm impressed that you can identify so many bugs.

Kylee Baumle said...

Thank you all for the nice comments!

I didn't know what all of these were right off. I had to do some research and enlist the help of an entomologist friend of ours for some of them. I've not seen a bee-fly nor a hummingbird moth before I saw these. I know they have been here before, because they're native to our area; I just never paid attention before!

Robin's Nesting Place said...

Great pictures, Kylee! Gardening and photography just go together don't they? I love it when I can get a unique picture from my garden. By the way, how are you avoiding the brazen beetles in your own yard? They are a constant battle in my own.

Kylee Baumle said...

Yes, Robin. Bugs, birds, butterflies, flowers, and photography. It's all one complex subject! I don't know how you can have one without the rest, really.

You know, I have not a clue how my garden has escaped the dreaded Japanese Beetle. Last year, I had just thirteen of them all summer (if I remember correctly) and I've yet to see one this summer, though I've seen them in locations all around me. I wonder if the cats have scared them off? LOL.

Seriously, it's probably just a matter of time.

Anonymous said...

These photos are amazing. I love the photo of the salamander.
Sara from farmingfriends

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