Tuesday, August 30, 2016

A Little Buggy

Fair warning... if you don't like bugs...stop here. I found a few things in nature.... 

There is a small leaf hopper that lives on my basil plant... I have the most difficult time trying to get a great photo. Partially because the basil lives on the north side of the garden... so it gets very little direct sunlight and I think the leaf hopper also likes the north side.... and indirect sunlight. I love the colors of this little guy. Good thing they don't do a lot of damage to the plants!

Here in forested country... we have cicadas. The weather has changed a little... and the nights have gotten very cool upper 50's lower 60's and not much humidity. So the cicadas have been making lots of noise.... calling for a mate. We have a very large black and green variety here, and they are very shy. I have been trying to capture one 'on film' and this guy flew onto the swing set... for a few minutes. They are huge.... and if one landed on me I think I would lose my mind. Happy they are shy.

One of my favorite garden bugs is the Preying Mantis. Last year I found a bright green one on the roses.... and this summer I found this fellow.... in the front. He has maintained the woody color all summer... and has been very difficult to find... unless he is disturbed.

And lastly with fall looking closer every day... I found this the same day I was taking the pictures of the sunflowers. It is called the Halloween pennant (dragonfly).


Anonymous said...

I made pesto last night - glad I didn't have any of these on my basil! It's kind of the last hurrah for the plants. Some have set seed and there are little seedlings in the little vacant pot beside the big basil pots. Maybe I can save these over the winter in the house.

Jean Etheridge said...

Your photos are fabulous! Our cicadas are plentiful and noisy! You could find lots of spider webs to photograph here! Hope you are well. I know it's been a while between comments for me. I am getting used to being retired. I am enjoying the freedom, for sure!

Exuberantcolor/Wanda S Hanson said...

I have never seen a bug with the colors of your leaf hopper.

Anonymous said...

Astonishing pis as always, but my fav must be the basil climber ;)