Archive for the ‘Insects/Bugs’ Category

Wordless Wednesday- Writing Spider

Argiope aurantia or Writing Spider or Black & Yellow Garden Spider or Corn Spider

They love the Buddleia

Bees and Butterflies adore the Buddleia or Butterfly Bush in my front garden bed.  It doesn’t matter what time of day you step out there, you will find various little creatures buzzing around sipping the sweet nectar from the white fragrant blooms.  The other day there was a mass of Painted Ladies and Bees.  Today I found this common Skipper and several Bumblebees doing their dance.  Normally they ignore me and just keep drinking.  I didn’t stay out there too long, it’s hot and muggy.  Hope everyone has a nice weekend, I guess alot of you will be going to the Seattle Spring Fling.  We will get to see tons of great posts and pics when they get back.  Have fun everyone!  :)

Wordless Wednesday: Bzzzzz

Echinacea 'White Swan'

If you plant it, they will come

(From upper L-R: Monarch Caterpillar, Butterfly Weed, Milkweed Aphids and Monarch Caterpillar)

It’s inevitable that if you plant Butterfly Weed or Milkweed you will find these critters grazing on your plants.  The Aphids can be chased away with a simple squirt from the garden hose or you can leave them for the Ladybugs to eat.  Either way the cycle of life goes on and on.  My single plant did so well this summer in the garden that I went out and bought two more of these reblooming perennials.  I was going to wait until fall to plant but decided that if I gave them alittle extra attention this month they would probably be fine.  And so far they are doing really well, obviously since the caterpillars are happily munching away on them.  :)

Wordless Wednesday – Wildlife

Bloomin Tuesday

Foxtail Lily (Spring Valley Hybrids)

This is my first bloom ever from a Foxtail Lily.  It doesn’t quite look like the photo in the catalog, but the fact that they actually emerged and I got a flower is a miracle.   They prefer well drained soil and will not tolerate drought.  This area seemed to be the perfect spot in my opinion but I guess they didn’t think so.  Out of 5 bulbs, this is the only one that sent up a flower stalk.  Maybe come fall I’ll try relocating them to a different spot in this bed.

Asiatic Lily ‘Monte Negro’

This is one of two Asiatic Lillies I grow in my garden.  The other one’s name is long forgotten and it hasn’t bloomed yet.  I really need to add more of these carefree plants to my garden this fall.  Making a note now.  :)

Lavender 'Hidcote'

Last week I think I showed you one single bloom of this plant, but here’s a shot of the entire plant in full bloom.  This will be the first time I had a Lavender overwinter.  This area gets full sun all day and is well drained.

Evening Primrose 'Twilight'

Here’s a better photo of the Evening Primrose I picked up at Wally World the other day.  And look at that a bonus shot of some insect.  Don’t know what that one is, do any of you?  To see more Bloomin’ Tuesday posts or to join in this week please visit our gracious host Jean @ Ms Greenthumb.

Leaf Bug and a Mystery Bug

Unknown bug 2

This interesting insect was sunbathing on the cover of our hot tub last month.  I noticed that one of his long hind legs was injured after I took this shot.  Afterwards we moved him into our garden to recuperate.   However after doing some research online I found that was probably not my most brilliant idea.  This common garden bug is a pest known for sucking the sap of many plants.  Yuck!  For more information on this unwelcome visitor to the garden you can click on the following link  insectguide.net.  The latin name for the leaf bug is Pœrilocapsus lineatus Fabr.

Unknown bug1

Okay here’s a mystery bug I found on the Butterfly Weed this summer.  It seems to be having a good time chomping on the foliage.  There were several but they lasted about a day and were gone after a brief rainshower.  Other than a few chewed up leaves there seems to be no permanent damage to the plant.  I’m guessing it’s some type of aphid or beetle maybe.  Anyone else have any suggestions?  (sorry that the photo is a bit blurry from being enlarged)