Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Cute Critters on Flowers

Bee on yellow echinacea: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2015
Happy wild Wednesday! Here are the critter on flower photos I promised last Friday. We've planted several specialty echinacea (also known as coneflower) varieties but this yellow is the only one besides the old fashioned purple that survived our last few frigid winters. I was really happy to see the cheery yellow flowers and the bees were too.
Butterfly on purple coneflower: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2015
Of course, the old fashioned echinacea are still a big draw. Bees and butterflies usually flock to them. This year we've had a few moths but so far, only one butterfly that I've noticed. I did plant some milkweed for the monarchs a couple years ago but it didn't survive the winter. If we stay here through another spring then next year I hope to plant some more milkweed and some butterfly weed to help these beautiful creatures survive.
Dragonfly on daylily leaves: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2015
My husband pointed out this pretty green dragonfly resting on the green daylily leaves. He has a good eye for noticing seemingly hidden creatures.
Bug on purple butterfly bush: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2015
This bug (a beetle of some kind?) surprised me. I was taking a photo of the dark purple butterfly bush flower and it popped right over from the back side.
Dragonfly close up: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2015
Here's a macro (super close up) shot of that same green dragonfly from above. It's amazing the creatures you can find in your own back yard.

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