All gardeners know that the more time you spend observing, the more you see in a garden, even one that you know inside and out. Here are three visitors we had this summer AND that held still long enough for me to photograph.
Always a favorite, this giant swallowtail just suddenly decided to land and soak up some sun. Fortunately, I had my camera.
If there are citrus trees in your neighborhood, chances are you'll see this visitor. I see them weekly and sometimes daily.
Looks scary, doesn't it? It was sucking on a fly when I first saw him. This Robber Fly is considered a good guy since they eat mosquitoes and flies. The larvae live in soil and eat grubs and grasshopper eggs. My book on Texas insects says it can give a painful bite, so I didn't try to annoy him.
BTW: Click on the photo to enlarge and see his awesome 'feet'. He can catch prey by pouncing on them.
I wish this Green Fruit Beetle or Fig beetle had a cool name, but it doesn't. I see this member of the scarab family about once a year.
They are also considered good guys since the grubs live in soil and eat bad guys. The adults eat rotten fruit.
Latin name: Cotinis mutabilis, formerly known as Cotinis texana! (Wow!)
The underside is outstandingly irridescent and beautiful. He crawled away before I decided to go back outside and flip him over for another picture. I find them in our compost pile.
That's my Three for Thursday. Your turn. :0)