First up we have a tiny dancing baby Praying Mantis. So cute!
I'm happy to have them in the garden as they eat flies, crickets, grasshoppers, moths, and many other insects. I'll keep an eye on the hummingbird feeder as a Praying Mantis can grasp and eat the much larger and heavier hummers.
Different stages of bug nymphs on a wire garden ornament. They are all slightly different so tough to ID. I looked through hundreds of photos, possibly a leaf-footed or assassin bug.
Another stage in development. Then they all disappeared by the next day so I can't be sure how they look as adults.
Swallowtail caterpillar on a plant I typically pull out as a weed. The plant is a member of the carrot family and similar to Queen Anne's Lace though this one is probably native. From now on I'll leave a few for this beauty.
Speaking of Swallowtails, this Black Swallowtail enjoys a native Prairie Verbena. These native wildflowers weren't planted, they just showed up when I put out the native plant welcome mat.
My garden isn't limited to Texas natives. This Arizona Sister butterfly is enjoying South American import Verbena Bonariensis. Since Verbena is common to the Western Hemisphere, many butterflies on the move stop by to enjoy the flowers. I spotted a beautiful Tiger Swallowtail (my personal favorite) on Verbena Bonariensis yesterday when I didn't have the camera. Of course it hasn't returned now that I'm on the lookout!
That's the wildlife report from my garden for May. Be sure to follow the links at "My Gardener Says" to see garden wildlife from across the world.