Every visit to the garden these days brings on a rustle of scurrying, slithering, and flitting. We've been seeing more snakes than usual with the Checkered Garter Snake most often spotted.
Its quite chubby in the middle, I'm guessing that's an anole or one of the many toads that have been hopping about.
This is probably a Rough Earth Snake, remarkable for its tiny size (adults are 7" long) and even color tone throughout. It has fallen into the pond and is using the recirculating tube as an exit ramp.
A single juvenile Katydid appears on the cannas almost every year. Where is the rest of the family?
Leaf-footed bug I've identified as Acanthocephala terminalis based on its dark color and red antennae. They are partial to prairie plants which are numerous in the garden this spring.
Lots of bees are out and about feasting on the abundance of flowers. Nine species of Bumblebees are native to Texas and valued for the range of flowers they can pollinate. There is some indication their numbers are in decline so I'm happy to see this one. They can be challenging to identify on the fly but this one appears to be an American Bumblebee which is also the most commonly spotted in my area. I accidentally touched a bumblebee in the garden and did not get stung because it was so focused on the beebalm. A fascinating experience to actually have it brush my hand yet not get stung.
Due to the cooler, rainier weather we've had fewer butterflies this year. There are still quite a few.
One of the aforementioned anoles (lower center) lies in wait to snap at passing moths while this Red Admiral Butterfly might be out of her league.
I've enjoyed watching the beautiful swallowtails which inhabit the garden in great numbers.
The same Giant Swallowtail in motion on the Vitex blooms.
Spicebush Swallowtail on prairie verbena
And to end the post with a deer photo. This time on the outside looking in as the fence is complete. The current gate is temporary until we can build one.
The buffet is closed?!?
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