When I began gathering photos for Wildlife Wednesday I thought there wouldn't be a lot for the past month. I surprised myself with how many different things there are to share.
A bumblebee working a Larkspur flower. I'm often surprised at the popularity of non-native flowers in my garden. I enjoy a chance to see the detailed markings in photos. And this guy really is as big as he looks. Texas-sized bee.
An here's our bee friend in action
A Carpenter Bee enjoying Augusta Duelberg Salvia.
Another bee totally buried in Opuntia Santa-rita flowers
Butterflies include Eastern Black Swallowtails, note the flashes of bright color on the outside of their wings.
Painted Lady Butterfly on Henry Duelberg Salvia.
Monarch Butterfy enjoying the Gomphrena 'Fireworks'.
Queen Butterfly on Verbena Bonariensis
Gulf Fritillary on Salvia coccinea
Yucca flowers appear so serene
Looking closer, Leaf-footed bugs mating
The cages we use to keep deer away from plants make great spider web frames
This web works quite well to accumulate a pantry full of victims.
For a while during early April we were constantly walking into these icky worms dangling from live oak trees. In your hair (ewww) or face (double ewww) they are hard to avoid. I'm sure they have a name but I think "icky dangling worms" pretty much sums it up!
Trying to figure this one out. Finch or Warbler? At first glance it looked to be a finch.
But the breast is white.
Black mask with gold chin and gold "shoulders". Is that a yellow rump? Possibly a Yellow-rumped warbler. Can't quite tell. There's a sanctuary known as "Warbler Woods" just a few miles northeast of my neighborhood so it's possible to spot one in transit.
And now for squirrel antics. Already stuck to the wood railing and it's not even hot yet!