So, I switched my attention from the potted to the planted plants. The planted plant have a higher probability of housing insects.
Sure enough, the very first Stella D’Oro lily I see has a fly in its flower.
I was waiting for it to finish drinking, but it just sit there . . . I moved on. From some distance, I noticed another fly on a flower . . . this one was doing headstands . . .
This is the first time I witnessed a goldenrod crab spider catch anything. Well, I did not see it catch it. The fly was obviously already dead.
Spiders have many eyes, and one of them must have noticed me and my lens. The spider, with considerable alacrity and seemingly no effort, swung around the underside of the flower, dead fly in tow.
I now wanted to check if the first fly was, in fact, also spider food. I nudged it with my finger and it flew away. So, not spider food.
By the time I returned to the spider, it had swung back upright . . .
. . . but as soon as I snapped the first shot he (she?) hightailed it . . . er . . . downtailed it to the underside of the flower.
. . . it mooned me in the process.
Now, I may be dense, but give me enough hints and I get the message; I was not welcomed here.
I took one last shot of a geranium bud before heading to the back yard.
There is a shrub along the back fence that flowers nearly all summer . . . nice, small, and yellow flowers.
I soon noticed many of the flowers had visitors . . . I documented the movements of one of them.
I think this is the photo limit I’ve set for these posts. The next post will cover my visit to the Yarrow plant and some wildflowers . . . and more bugs.
The corresponding SmugMug Gallery HERE. Of course, you can just click on each photo to get a larger (but not full-size) version.
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