With the sounds of nature all around me. The wildlife is abundant in my yard this time of year with the birds, bees, butterflies and other various insects that visit my garden daily. Here is what I discovered in my garden in just a few minutes of strolling through the beds.
This Bumblebee is happily searching for pollen in the tubular shaped blossoms of this Physostegia virginiana ‘Obedient Plant’. There were several of them actually dipping and diving into the blooms this afternoon. I love those little speckles inside the flowers. I’ve heard other gardeners call them fairy footprints. What a lovely thought.
I know this is some type of Swallowtail Butterfly but that is all I know. He was sunbathing himself on this large Squash leaf. Pay no attention to the leaf please, after I took this photo I removed this slightly discolored & possibly diseased foliage. But I’m happy with the picture! 🙂
Now I got really excited to see this little creature in my garden today. I’ve seen a few hummingbirds flitting around, but this is the first hummingbird moth that I have seen in my garden ever! He was really interested in the Verbena canadensis ‘Rose Verbena’ or ‘Creeping Verbain’. I will definitely plant this annual next year because the butterflies and this guy love it! I was hoping for a better photo, but about that time Spaz (my terrier) came along and started sniffing him and he flew off. 🙂
This little guy is a moth, right? I got a really good closeup of him. You can even see his little face and legs. He was taking a breather on the Nandina in my front garden bed. It didn’t even faze him when I got really close to take this picture. I guess he wasn’t scared of me. 🙂
Last but not least is this scary guy. I don’t know what kind of spider this is, but he or she is pretty colorful. Now I did slightly zoom in this shot so you could see the details on the body. The web is even visible which makes me happy. It was a big web and there was even a small cocooned insect waiting to be devoured later. Hopefully it wasn’t a beneficial insect. What kinds of insects do you have buzzing around your garden this time of year?