Butterflies, spiders, bees, and wasps

September 24, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

All kinds of insects compete with each other for pollen and nectar on the same flowers and sometimes it can get violent. The insects captured in this photo session seem to be coexisting pretty well, though. No big tears in the wings or missing limbs. The Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterflies in this group are males. Noticed no purple tail spots. A monarch has apparently emerged from my stand of milkweed and is enjoying the onion field along with a Bumblebee and a Thread Waisted Wasp. A large, scary looking Yellow and Black Garden Spider guards my yucca feasting on the smaller bugs I had to spray for last year. It also caught a grasshopper has big as her. Spider webs are draped all over my front and back yards this time of year. I particularly like this shot of a gangly orb weaver in the middle of a web captured at an interesting angle. See them on my homepage slideshow.


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