. . . . . . . . . Hummingbird Moth . . . . . . . . . .
This day-flying moth can easily be mistaken
for a hummingbird or a large bumble bee (but
they can't sting or bite).  They are frequent
visitors to our flowers. They feed exactly as a
butterfly does...from a long tube called a
proboscis that slurps up nectar and gets
covered in pollen as it visits different flowers,
so it makes a good pollinator of plants.
. . . . . . . . Cool Dragonfly . . . . . . . . . .
Dragonflies of all different sizes and
colors love to hang out around the fish
pond and also patrol the yard hunting for
mosquitoes and other flying insects, that
they catch with their long legs held out in
front of them like a bug-catching net.
A tray of old, mushy fruit will attract many
different species of butterflies that prefer
this sort of food over flower nectar.  
But be warned, other insects such as bees,
wasps and flies will also come to dine.  
Raccoons and opossums may raid the food
at night if they live in your area.
. . . . . . . A bird with a sweet tooth . . . . . . . . .
Here is one of our many cute little
hummingbirds that enjoy drinking sugar water
from these types of feeders. Notice this is a
female...the males have bright red shiny
feathers on their neck under their beak, hence
they are called
ruby-throated
hummingbirds
...the only species of hummingbird
that we see here in Kentucky.
. . . . . Coming in for a landing . . . .
Yellow finches spend a lot of time in
thegarden eating flower seeds.  They
especially enjoy pulling seeds off the
old blooms of cone flowers,
sunflowers and these lavender
verbena flowers.  Hey look, a
monarch butterfly thinks these
flowers look delicious too!
 
This garden won the 2006 Gardener
Recognition Award from the
Cincinnati
Horticultural Society
!
Life cycle of the Baltimore Checkerspot (Euphydryas phaeton)
The caterpillars of these
lovely butterflies feed on
turtlehead (
Chelone glabra)
and English plantain
(
Plantago lanceolata)
Skipper on verbena.
Spicebush caterpillar...look at those cute
false-eyespots near his head.    Do you think
he looks like a little snake?
Large garden spider
This little brown bunny decided
that our poppy flower leaves made
a delicious salad.
We found this cute tree frog hiding
in the leaves of our hosta plants.  
They have sticky feet, and
sometimes like to hang on the
glass of sliding doors. After a rain
they can be heard calling to each
other in the woods.
Zebra Swallowtail on lupine flowers.
"The Life Cycles of Butterflies" by Judy Burris and Wayne Richards
We were watching a Question Mark
butterfly lay eggs on Wayne's hop
vines.....Christina must have been standing
too close, because the butterfly landed on
her shirt and put 3 eggs on her !
Here is a Red-spotted Purple butterfly egg
(greatly enlarged) we found on the tip of a
willow leaf.  When the caterpillar hatches,
it will eat the leaf but leave the center
vein....must be too tough to chew.
Here's a nice little Sulphur
butterfly resting on some
zinnia flowers.  Notice the
green eyes and the pink
fringe around the wings.
Here's a photo of a cool
lizard we saw clinging to
the side of a tree.
When butterflies emerge from their chrysalis, their wings are wet
and folded.  They need to expand and dry before flight is possible.
A monarch made its
chrysalis on the elbow of
Judy's garden statue.
Chrysalis