It's near the end of the summer and butterflies and bugs are having a good time playing in my garden and gardens all over the known blogging world! If you don't mind, let me share with you some of my beauties and beasts. Remember this, even a beauty can look beastly! If you want a really good look at them, just click on the photo and they will enlarge.
Swallowtail Butterfly found 'sleeping' on Liatris spicata very early in the morning. Carrots and parsley plants draw them to the garden and phlox and milkweed provide nectar.
Swallowtail caterpillar also on the parsley. Look at that fierce face!
Milk weed Bugs congregating on a Asclepias tuberosa seed pods. Mildweed bugs are members of the true bug family of plant juice suckers! They use their proboscis to pierce the seed pods and eat away! Their job is to keep the aggressive Milkweed population in check and are considered harmless. They've been removed several times, only to return! I want the Butterfly-Weed to survive!
The adult Milkweed bug has wings and more striking coloring than the immature nymph. His Halloween color screams to birds, "Don't eat me, I taste nasty!"
Gulf Fritillary: Apparently, the males cruise for females all day long! The host plant is the Passion-Vine, so it fits! The larva is generally orange with black branched spines and greenish stripes. Thank you Frances (Faire Garden) for id-ing this beauty!
This is a giant Fly-bee; just look at those wings! It could be a fly or it could be a bee! The list of visitors to Monarda is long: Short and Long tongued bees, butterflies, skippers,moths, wasps, beetles and of course, the hummingbird. So what is the Fly-bee? You decide or identify!
They love the Rudbeckia hirta,
and the Zinnia and each other.
I think they are skippers; but which one? Can you see the tiny pale spiders? Enlarge for better look!
No one can mistake this frequent and beautiful garden visitor;
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail with it's face deep in the Balloon Flower plant!
Argiope aurantia commonly known as Black and Yellow Garden Spider lives her day upside down waiting for prey to come along. You can see her video here. She has moved her web several times and seems to have found her ideal space among the Rudbeckia hirta and butterfly alley!
Thank you for stopping by and checking out the beauties and their beastly friends! They weren't too beastly, now were they?