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Thursday, July 22, 2010

More Garden Visitors …

Here are a few more visitors to our yard . Thanks for all the great feedback – all are very much appreciated.

This honeybee has been busy and is covered in pollen.

bee with pollen

Caught this little ladybug about to take flight .

ladybug wings openColorful as this black swallowtail caterpillars looks, you don’t want to find a lot of in your herb garden. These voracious eaters will strip all the plant leaves from parsley and dill plants.swallowtail caterpillar (3)

This is an immature box elder bug (nymph).  They are mostly seed feeders and dry weather is promoting large populations.red bugs (2) A couple of flowers – just because they were colorful and pretty. The pink one is a meadow beauty, which is a wildflower we transplanted.IMGP0217 meadow beauty0610 (2)

 

 

 

 

 

Black-eyed Susan before opening and in bloom.

flower bloom

black syses susie0610 (4)

 

 

 

 

 

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  Bee balm without any bees (or Cs or Ds) and a fritillary on coreopsis.

bee balm0624 (2)  fritillary0610 (1) Eastern yellow swallowtail on a butterfly bush.

eastern yellow swallowtail (3)

swallowtail-day lily (8)

swallowtail-day lily (6)

 

 

 

 

 

This swallowtail was very determined to get into one of an orange tiger lily in the back flower garden.swallowtail-day lily (7) Hope you are all keeping cool. Here’s how we are doing . . .The caps are from the National Weather Service advisory. It’s HOT !

...HEAT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM NOON TO 7 PM EDT FRIDAY... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN WAKEFIELD HAS ISSUED A HEAT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM NOON TO 7 PM EDT FRIDAY. TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED TO CLIMB INTO THE MID TO UPPER 90S FRIDAY AFTERNOON. THESE TEMPERATURES...IN TANDEM WITH DEWPOINTS IN THE MID TO UPPER 60S...WILL PRODUCE HEAT INDEX VALUES OF 105 TO 108 FOR A FEW HOURS FRIDAY AFTERNOON.

Current conditions as of 3:21 PM EDT
Fair  - 93° feels Like:  102 °F

WHEW !

Needless to say we are staying indoors as much as possible. Grenville has been doing garden harvesting and watering early in the day. Anyone who needs any tomatoes, cukes or zukes is welcome to come and pick at the F&P. Grenville will give a course on weeding with hands-on class work too!

12 comments:

Anvilcloud said...

That butterfly is really into is work.

I call that red bug an Asiatic Beetle. We had them on our Asiatic lilies, but that doesn't look like a lily that it's on.

Don't miss me too much while we're gone. :)

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

AC, I usually don't see butterflies on the tiger lilies, so this was a first and this was really was getting "into" the lily. The red bug was unknown so I checked it online and it wasn't on a lily, but the leaf of some other plant in the flower bed and there were lots of them. And, of course, you will be missed, you mean you are not going ot post on the road? ENJOY!

Ginnie said...

Outstanding pictures. My favorite is the very last one. I love the brilliant orange/yellow and the juxtaposition of the deep coloration of the swallowtail. Amazing.

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Beaytiful flowers and insects! That meadow beauty stays true to its name! And Your butterflies are so colorful.

Over here the temperature suddenly dropped to 54F and it´s not especially nice at all. But now it´s slowly rising again. But it was the perfect time to take a nap :-)
Have a great day now!
Christer.

Scott said...

What a fun post this is. So many colorful little animals and flowers to enjoy. The butterfly in the tiger lily is amazing, but I liked them all.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Ginnie if that swallowtail could have gotten any more into the lily, it surely would have - never seen a butterfly so attracted to these day lilies.

Christer, the meadow beauty is a delicate little flower that only opens during the day. I found it growing wild and transplanted into our wildflower area and it has rebloomed every summer, thankfully. And, could you please send some of that chilly weather our way and in return we will send you some heat as it was up to 95F this afternoon.

Thanks Scott, appreciate the comments and the visit. I'll be visiting your blog tonight too.

Daryl said...

Hi! Returning the visit ... you left a hybrid email/blog address in place of your email or blog address .. nice to meet you .. any Virginian and friend of CBW is a friend of mine .. now go set your email so it connects with your comments .. you'll get a lot more replies that way! :-D

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Welcome to the Frog & PenguINN, Daryl. Grenville and I will consider linking an email to comments. Thanks for your suggestion. Visit again anytime.

Elaine said...

Another set of beautiful photos! The shot of the ladybug taking flight is very unusual to see, and the shots of the swallowtail are lovely. I'm enjoying the trip through your garden, but I'm glad not to be in the heat you've been having. We've been having a spell of rainy weather and highs mostly in the low 70s. The forecast is for mostly sun for the next week, but usually they are lucky to get it right for the next day.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Thanks Elaine! I have been enjoying showing off flowers and insects and good thing that these photos were taken pre-heat wave. We're still having 90+ daytime highes and could use some of the rain you're getting and the cooler temps too. We wish they would get it right here because recent forecasts of rain haven't happened. Up side is that we can skip the weekly lawn cuttings.

Flo de Sendai said...

wow, your photos are lovely !!!

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Hello Flo and many thanks both for stopping by to visit and for the lovely compliment. I visited your blog and enjoyed the cats in the flowers!

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