Sunday, September 12, 2010

Sunday Safari

The monarchs have begun to migrate.
These beauties will fly all the way to Mexico.
Each day I am seeing females and males.

I know the males by the black dots on the lower wings.
These are scent glands.

The garden milkweed is going to seed.
Milkweed is the host plant for the monarchs.

These end of summer days are filled with bugs.
The White-lined Sphinx uses purslane
as its favorite host plant.
 We are bug hunters.

I set up two caterpillar habitats
so I could study their process.
Fennel is one of the host plants for the
Black Swallowtail.
We have seen many black cats this year.

I have had a very difficult time growing
 Black-eyed Susans.
This year I tried a different variety.

They seem to be a popular flower.
Hope the plants over winter.
The Grasshoppers are growing large
eating their fill of Lamb's Ears.

Painted Ladies,

Red spotted Purples

and Hackberry Emperors
are a few of the butterflies
that grace our September gardens.

This Praying Mantis is now in my bug box.
I do not know how he was injured.

Seeing a Walking Stick Bug is always exciting.
They seem so ancient.

We are rock hounds.
We are very fond of fossils.
The mums are opening.
I shall dry some flowers for winter tea.
The Marigolds continue to feed
the Eastern Tailed-Blues.
We are continuing  to mix up
lots of fun.
The weather has been delightful.
We are outside again.
Out in the dirt.
Out with the bugs.
Happy Sunday Safari.


Barb said...

Q, you have your very own Butterfly exhibit right in your yard! (Not to mention all the caterpillars and insects!) The photographs are stunning!

Aimee said...

Once again, gorgeous pictures! Since I am not a gardener, I just choose to let a large percentage of my land go to weeds - clover, thistles, dock, blackberry, chamomile, and many many others. Bugs seem to like the variety!

Maria said...

Wow, gorgeous pictures.
I'm glad I discovered it to your blog:)/Maria

sandy said...

Wow, it's been way too long since I've been here. THese are gorgeous photos of the butterflies.

Dimple said...

Beautiful pictures as always! How's the children's book coming?

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Hi Sherry, That grasshopper looks like it is hugging a teddy bear. Great photo of the sphinx moth. Your company is on their way. You will be delighted with them.

Rose said...

There is something so majestic about the Monarchs; I've seen so many more this year, and I'm always mesmerized by how they float about in the air. Did you watch the PBS documentary last year about the migration of the Monarchs? That has to be one of nature's more fascinating miracles.

Our visitors left this morning--what a delightful time we had! You're in for a real treat, Sherry; enjoy next week!

Anonymous said...

Just beautiful! What a wonderful variety of friends in your garden! And you always capture their essence so well in the photographs!

Juliet said...

Ooh, we have a bug in common at last! - not one of your lovely colourful ones, but the walking stick bug - though in the UK we call them stick insects. We used to keep a tank of them at school when I was little, but I haven't seen any for years - I don't think we have the right hedges for them round here.