I found a Blue-green Leafhopper on my Oceanspray shrub.
Leafhoppers eat leaves and excrete honeydew just like aphids- though I haven’t seen any ants farming these colorful insects.
Yes, that big white thing with the black dot in the middle IS an eye. Strange, huh?
This is the whole Oceanspray shrub . . . → Read More and See Photos: Leafhopper on Oceanspray
One of my Peony plants is getting ready to bloom which brings out the ants! Ants like the taste of peony buds just before they bloom. Once the flower opens the ants tend to disappear. Apparently an old wives’ tale (debunked by the Heartland Peony Society) says that peonies NEED ants to flower. Not . . . → Read More and See Photos: Ant Farmers Return
This fly was standing on a leaf in my garden today. It was smaller than a House Fly and I wasn’t sure what it was.
Any thoughts? My best guess is a Root Maggot Fly (family Anthomyiidae) based on this photo on BugGuide. If so, this fly probably feeds on nectar. When it . . . → Read More and See Photos: Root Maggot Fly?
These two strange bugs were crawling on a Salal branch yesterday in my yard. I’ve never seen anything like these before.
A closer look didn’t help me much. It sort of looked like an ant to me (maybe a queen or a male?), but the antennae didn’t seem right. Ant antennae are usually . . . → Read More and See Photos: March Flies in March
The Red-twig Dogwoods in my rain garden are beginning to grow leaves again. A small insect was sitting atop one of them yesterday.
Two things catch my eye here. First, I always forget how hairy bees actually are. This one has a full coat of fur! Second, the dogwood leaf also has . . . → Read More and See Photos: Plants and Bees with Fur
A swarm of these insects was in my backyard over the weekend. They must have “hatched” into adults someplace nearby.
What is it?
It is an Elongate Flower Fly like I posted 2 years ago. How do we know it’s a fly and not a wasp or bee? I see a few clues:
It . . . → Read More and See Photos: Flower Flies Swarm
Finds like this are why I love producing Slugyard. I was looking at my elderberry to see if the ant nest had moved again when I saw a little red thing crawling on one of the branches. It was VERY small. The branch in the photo above is probably only 3/4″ wide or so. . . . → Read More and See Photos: I’ve Never Heard of Thrips
After reading a great post by Heather Holm on the Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens website (that I used to contribute to), I decided to build a native bee nest out of hollowed out branches. Mason bees have nested in my yard before in a human-made spot and I wanted to see more.
. . . → Read More and See Photos: Wildlife in Unexpected Places