Fly – on Leaf & White Hydrangea

Fly on leaf.

Fly on leaf.

Here’s the thing – I don’t want this blog to be known as a “bug” blog – it’s really about the beauty in everyday things. But I couldn’t resist posting these pictures of the common fly. I’ve always thought they were yucko – but I think these images portray them in a different light.

Fly on hydrangea.

Fly on hydrangea.

Close-up.

Close-up.

July 23, 2009 at 2:03 am 1 comment

Japanese Beetle on Tree

Japanese beetle - face-on.

Japanese beetle - face-on.

On the way to the park today, we came across a lonely Japanese Beetle sitting on a leaf of a tree. I know about Japanese beetles, because they eat my mother’s yellow rose bush and so she considers them pests. But taking the time to admire this particular one, I came to realize their dazzling, vibrant green-and-copper colour and white spots.

on leaf.

I like the way he grabs onto the leaf.

July 22, 2009 at 1:51 am 2 comments

Spider & Web on Sedum

Spider & water drops.

Spider & water drops.

As I was taking pictures of the snail, I noticed a new little being living in the same sedum – this spider, spinning her web.

close-up.

close-up.

Being able to look at her after the photos are uploaded is quite a different experience – I didn’t notice her scalloped markings – or hair! – when I saw her in her natural setting. She’s quite intricate.

Here’s a video of her on her web:

July 20, 2009 at 3:14 am 1 comment

Snail Under Sedum Leaf

Snail Under Cover

Snail Under Cover

The snail had moved to a lace that was quite hard to find… I finally found him under a leaf in the sedum plant.

Close-up.

Close-up.

It was a challenge to get a good angle of him in this position. Maybe he didn’t want to be photographed today. 🙂

July 20, 2009 at 3:01 am 2 comments

Snail in Creeping Jenny.

As I was looking at the caterpillar, I noticed another beautiful creature: this little snail.

Snail on creeping jenny.

Snail on creeping jenny.

It’s more difficult to get good pictures of this guy, because when he senses something out of the ordinary, he retreats into his shell. As I watched and waited, he slowly emerged. He’s really a gorgeous creature.

Snail from a distance.

Snail from a distance.

Snail up close.

Snail up close.

July 19, 2009 at 2:14 am Leave a comment

Caterpillar in Sedum

Caterpillar in Sedum

In the sedum.

Again today, I thought he was gone. I woke up this morning thinking that I shouldn’t have put him in the creeping jenny, because if he moved anywhere he would be very hard to find under all the ground cover. When I went to check, I couldn’t find him – until I looked inside the sedum that’s also growing in the barrel. I found him – he seems happy enough.

July 19, 2009 at 1:54 am 2 comments

Caterpillar – Lost!!?? And Then Found.

Caterpillar crawling down the deck

What a scare we had today! Just yesterday, my husband warned me not to get too attached to this little creature. And today – I nearly had a heart attack when I went out to check up on him, and found that he had disappeared from the parsley patch! I looked around… and then down… waaaaay down. I found him crawling down the side of the deck.

Fewf, was I relieved!

It’s a pretty amazing feat for such a little guy… he was very far down. The parsley pot is way up on the railing of my deck, and for him to have crawled up and over the pot, and then all the way down… pretty impressive.

Not really knowing what his intentions were, I helped him out (I hope!) by placing him, ever so gently, into the barrel of plants I have (just to the right in the picture).

In the barrel.

In the barrel on the creeping jenny.

I placed him on the creeping jenny (it’s my favorite plant… it’s a beautiful colour and really makes the garden look good, I think). I hope he can survive in there… I’m going to research and see if he can eat that, or if he’d prefer something else. Hopefully he’s still there tomorrow.

If anyone has any opinions about that, please share.

July 18, 2009 at 2:20 am 2 comments

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