After work yesterday, I went outside and spent an hour taking 301 photos of critters, blooms, and the sky for the memes I participate in. (I needed to delete many of them.) There are so many ones I like to see on others' blogs, but I am only able to keep up with a few.
I went out the front door, and the first critter I saw was this Tiger Swallowtail on our largest butterfly bush.
The wasps are still enjoying the mountain mint.
I think this is lightening bug on the Eupatorium perfoliatum, a relative of Joe pye weed.
This a fly on rue. I had several caterpillars on it last year, but haven't seen any on it this year. I even planted a couple more for them this year.
I enjoyed my time in the veggie garden, where there is lots of verbena bonariensis, which attracts lots of butterflies and bees, who happily share the blooms. There were a number of butterflies out and about today. I wasn't able to get a photo of the cabbage whites, which teased me by landing nearby, then taking off before I could get a photo. Here is an American Painted Lady feeding next to a bee.
Two more American Painted Ladies:
Another Painted Lady:
The boltonia, (if I'm remembering correctly) in the flower bed in front of the veggie garden is full of insects, but it was hard to get a good photo of them. I cropped this photo to get the bee larger.
Next, I went across the street to see what I could find to take photos of. The tithonia, Mexican sunflowers here are about a foot taller than I am. I saw 4 monarch butterflies on them! (The zinnias in front of them were also visited by the monarchs and bees.)
There were several bees, too.
I went back home, and into the back yard, trying to find the rabbit I had seen go in there after it saw me walking toward it in the side yard. There were a number of insects on the garlic chive blooms.
The insects that remind me of lightening bugs are still enjoying the rough goldenrod, and are sharing it with a bee.
I think this is Wichita Falls goldenrod, and I'm not sure what kind of wasp or bee this is.
Did I mention I really had a good time on my hunt for critters? At this point, I was thinking about how much I love blogging, and even though I sometimes spend more time on it than I should, my housework gets neglected, and, like this evening, I am staying up too late, I feel like my enjoyment of gardening and nature is enhanced by it. I saw 4 daddy long legs today, and if I wasn't blogging, I would not have gone out to see them. I am more observant of my world now.
Here is the first daddy long legs I saw on this Indian Summer rudbeckia, which had aphids on it that I couldn't get a picture of. There was another on a different bloom, too.
There were 2 more on the fence. I just included one of them.
I went back to the front to see if I missed anything, and there was a monarch on the butterfly bush.
This was a blue of some kind that I couldn't get a good photo of.
This photo was taken a couple days ago. This garter snake was so afraid of me, that I was only able to get this photo of it before it made its get-away.
Have a fun and safe weekend! I may do some research and come back to better ID what I've posted, but if you think you know what they are, go ahead and say in a comment. Another thing that blogging brings is awesome blogging friends and acquaintances to learn and get ideas from. We give each other lots of encouragement, too. I need to find a way to read faster or something so that I can keep up with all the blogs I try to follow.
It's September, and I am sad that summer is almost over, and am already thinking about spring.
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