Friday, July 06, 2007

Where the bugs are, Part III

I found these bees sleeping in a group, on this sunflower in front of the Heritage House.

Wasps are everywhere, looking for bugs (grasshoppers, caterpillars, spiders, etc.) to feed their young. This one is checking out the evening primrose, which is also all over the arboretum. They might have some interesting things on them, if the wasps don't get to them first.

Along this path, under the crepe myrtle trees, there are lots of little bugs in the small plants.

A stink bug on a nastirtium leaf.

Green Lynx spider

Here's a little looper caterpillar.

The old standby: the ground around the Chinese Flame Tree.

Box Elder Bugs.

Other old standbys: The funnel web spiders. There are some at the edge of the succulents area, and you may see their sheet-like webs spread across lots of other plants too.

Each web has a little funnel-hole with a spider in it.

You might not see any big orb-weavers yet. It's still early in the season, but you might see some smaller ones starting to weave a web in the evening. Tell the kids to look out for them.

I'm sorry I didn't get around to taking more pictures this week. Some other things I saw were dragonflies hovering over the pond and lake, and also over orchard lawn. I also saw one of those big green fruit beetles, so you may see those as well.
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