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
A lot of my native plants are flowering! Some of them, like the Coltsfoot shown above, always flower early on and this year is no exception. This patch started as one or two plants a few years ago and it is slowly spreading out.
Closeup, the Coltsfoot flowers are beautiful.
About three . . . → Read More and See Photos: Native Plants Everywhere
Slugyard is back! Unfortunately I lost a little over a year’s worth of posts when I moved the site to my new host. So it’s time to start catching up…
Above is a photo taken of the side of one of my raised beds. See the spider?
These small dark spiders are . . . → Read More and See Photos: Back at it! Wolf Spiders Sunning
I was mowing my backyard lawn when I noticed something moving next to the lawnmower. It looked like a moth.
A big moth. It seemed to come up from out of the grass, so I wondered whether it had possibly just emerged from a cocoon underground.
See the chopped blade of grass . . . → Read More and See Photos: Close Call for Moth
I haven’t posted about my Walnut Tree in a while. I am following it as part of the Tree Year 2011 project (click on the banner on the right side of my blog to see more). As you can see it has now fully leafed out, which actually makes it a bit tough to . . . → Read More and See Photos: Deer Damage
This flower just bloomed in my yard. Anyone know what plant it comes from?
A Pitcher Plant! I have a few carnivorous plants in pots in my backyard- this pitcher plant and a few Venus Flytraps. The flytrap flowers are sort of boring, but the Pitcher Plant flower is unique.
It has been . . . → Read More and See Photos: Pitcher Plant Flower