Sunday, September 13, 2009

Sunday Safari

I hunted for bugs in my backyard today.

Seeing the Zebra Swallowtail is always exciting.
She is never far from a Paw-paw bush, which is her host plant.

I was so pleased to see a Northern Walkingstick.

Autumn is coming soon.
My mums are in bloom.
The grasshoppers are in abundance.

The Zinnias are begining to fade.
The Skippers are still finding nectar in them.

The Live Forevers draw Gray Hairstreaks

and Praying Mantis.

The Bright Eye Cosmos have been in bloom since June.
The Common Checkered-Skipper is not common to my backyard.
I have only seen her a few times.

Red Spotted Purple likes rotting fruit.
I share the stems of my figs and my apple cores.

The Female Hummingbirds will begin to migrate in October.
The males left last week.

The Nuthatches will stay all winter.

The Northern Cardinals will also stay through the winter.

This couple raised four chicks this year.

I have chores to do.

Autumn is coming.

Happy Sunday Safari.


Bonnie Zieman, M.Ed. said...

Your photographs are simply stunning! Wow.

Randy Emmitt said...

The zebra Swallowtail is a stunning photo. It is so fresh for such a late date. Enjoyed the other photos too.

Wendy said...

What wonderful treasures can be found in your own backyard! Your photos are so clear we can see the antennae of the insects! I did not realize the walking stick had such long antennae!!

Autumn is indeed on it way. Thank you for sharing your beautiful pics. You've captured the little creatures so well.

Anonymous said...

It's nice to know that while some of our birds have left us or are leaving, others will stick around to make our winter a bit more colorful.

Jules and Ken said...

I always look forward to your Sunday Safaris, whether from your backyard or beyond. Keep those photos coming.

Dimple said...

You do such a nice job of presenting your photos, each one is perfect.

Aimee said...

what a wonderful abundance of bugs you have in your yard! You must be quite a good gardener! Did you plant your garden especially for birds and bugs? Your beautiful photos make me want to hunt in my own backyard. If I post recognizable pictures, will you help me identify them?
Thank you so much for your photos, they really lift my spirits.

Lori ann said...

Oh My Gosh Sherry,
absolutly beautiful.

thank you!

Sheila said...

You do get a wonderful variety of butterflies and bugs. What you call 'Live Forevers' I know only as sedum, but I have noticed that the Praying Mantis seem to favour them in my garden too.

Rose said...

The Zebra swallowtail is so beautiful; I haven't seen one all summer. You have so many different butterflies! The detail of the Gray Hairstreak is just amazing! Not only do I enjoy all your wonderful photographs, Sherry; I always learn something, too. I haven't seen the hummingbirds the last few days, and I wondered if they had left yet. Do the males go on ahead to reserve a room? Just wondering why they leave early:)

Jayne said...

Your visitors are always so interesting and beautiful Sherry!

Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

Wonderful pictures as always! never seen zebra in my life. Thank you!

Flat Creek Farm said...

As always, breathtaking photos! Zebra Swallowtail ~ please come visit my yard :) Also, thanks to you I know why my hummingbird population reduced considerably. We still have several.. in fact I can hear them chattering now. But that must just be girl talk, huh? Have a great day! -Tammy

ShySongbird said...

Lovely, lovely photos again Sherry. You always have such wonderful Safaris even when you don't go far! Everything is so beautiful that it is difficult to single any out but the Nuthatch is stunning as is the Swallowtail, the Hairstreak and the Red Spotted Purple and as for the Hummingbird....well! It is lovely to see the Skippers too ;)

So sorry I somehow missed your Hs on the previous post, they were all beautiful too.

Oh! I nearly forgot, Northern Walkingstick what a wonderful name!

Chrissie said...

Beautiful photos, Sherry. The hummingbird is fantastic! So clever to catch it at just the right moment.

amatamari© said...

A series of unforgettable images...

sweetbay said...

Ah, such gorgeous photos. Your skill as a photographer is amazing! The Zebra Swallowtail sure is a beautiful butterfly.

Angie said...

Your photos are just gorgeous, Sherry! I would love to visit your backyard in person. :) I am not familiar with "lives forever" flowers; I'll have to google that one. :) I haven't seen a Walking Stick here. I wonder if they are here and my eyes 'can't see' it. :) I did see a praying mantis not too long ago.

Meggie said...

All here, is gorgeous!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Sherry, your photos are just gorgeous. The butterflies are an inspiration. If you don't mind I might do a few of your butterflies this winter. I just love the Zebra here. I am ready for autumn.