Sunday, May 27, 2012

Sunday Safari

I have fallen in love with Beetles.

Like my butterfly friends beetles also develop through complete

This Bee-like Flower Scarab was feeding in the
Purple Cone Flowers.

With over 24,000 species known in North America
in over 113 families it may take me a few years
just to see the ones in my backyard.

The Pipevine Swallowtail has laid more eggs.

The caterpillars are growing and changing at each instar.

I checked the eggs I have been tracking
and saw the caterpillars had emerged.

The young ones were on the move.

I am very pleased to see the little ones.

I watched a tiny spider.

She seemed to know there were butterfly eggs
near by.

I watched to see if the Pipevine Swallowtail eggs
were poisonous like the caterpillars and the adult butterflies.

I was a silent witness.

I watched as she smelled the eggs.
She moved on.

Lots of babies have emerged in the heat.

We are going on an adventure.
We are going to visit lavender farms in Kansas.

I am reading and learning.

I have fallen in love with flowerpots.
The wind is hot out of the southwest.
It is summertime in the Tallgrass Prairie.
Happy Sunday Safari.


Barb said...

Amazing photos and interesting information. Enjoy your travels. I love pots, too.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

We are having record heat too Sherry. Just amazing photos of the eggs, spider etc. Beetles are a wonderous, beautiful genus. I always like to come upon people seeking beetles like we seek birds out in the wilderness. Your garden will be the perfect labratory to begin your studies. Happy Sunday Safari.

Cheryl said...

Dear Sherry,
Your safari brought tears to my eyes.
So beautiful to see nature at its very best.
I love beetles to....I have many, I have my log piles and beetle mounds. The sun beetle is one of my favourites, I only wish he would not run so fast, so that I could take a photograph :)

The sequence of butterfly eggs, caterpillars and the spider are wonderful.

Happy Sunday safari, enjoy your trip to the lavender fields.

Rose said...

Thank you for taking us along on this safari, Sherry. I surely would have missed so many of these sights otherwise, especially the tiny swallowtail eggs. I'm glad the spider decided to leave them alone!

I read Sydney Eddison's book a few years ago, and I think you'll enjoy it, too. I think of some of her advice often as I plan new flowerbeds.

Enjoy the lavender fields!

sweetbay said...

Sherry you are such a marvelous photographer and observer of nature!

ShySongbird said...

Wonderful photos Sherry! Even the most humble beetle is fascinating when viewed closely. The spider sequence is very special.

I hope you enjoy your lavender adventure!