I know this is an assassin bug.
That’s about all I know about it. Its body was a little under a half-inch long. The spines looks like they could be quite painful.
The “paddles” on the end of its antennae have a interesting paddle shape. I wonder why?
Is it a young assassin bug or an adult?
Back in early May when the doctor told me I was in early Alzheimer’s she didn’t tell me about the side effects of it. Side effects like nausea, dizziness, bad taste in my mouth, lack of appetite and forgetting a word now and then. I was frustrated this morning and decided to go on a loop walk of the backyard to see what I could find before it got to hot.
A small bug on a hosta bud
and a shed cicada skin.
A snout butterfly’s long “snout” is actually the long labial mouth parts on both sides of its proboscis.
The amberwing dragonfly apparently couldn’t get out of the spiderweb.
Immature milkweed bugs stayed together on a lily leaf.
This undoubtedly is the cutest little grasshopper I’ve ever seen.
Needless to say, I’ll be glad when the weather cools and I can be outside more.
Spiderwort (a tradescantia species) is a native wildflower.
A dense clump of it grows in my spring wildflower garden between a hackberry and a pine tree.
They were given to me by my girl scout leader years and years ago. She had health problems and wanted me to have most of the flowers in her garden.
This picture shows just how dense the flowers grow.
I became intrigued by the shape, the color of the flowers, and with the number of those past bloom.
Obviously, the plants insist on having a long blooming time,
and I plan on enjoying it.
(I wrote this blog the middle of July, and the plants are still blooming.)
You know it’s not been a good butterfly year
if only 4 or 5 of them visit the butterflyweed (Asclepias tuberosa).
I went outside in the afternoon and found four milkweed bugs on my small patch of the butterfly weed.
I took all these pictures between August 20 and September 18 last summer … and am obviously late posting the blog. I’ll be surprised if I see any monarchs laying eggs or find any of their caterpillars.
These young ones were the nymphs of large milkweed bugs (Oncopeltus fasciatus). The dark spot in the upper right side of the seedpod was a hole where the nymphs entered to feed.
The nymphs fed on the insides of the seeds in the seedpods. Their size and pattern differentiated the ages.
Lunch time. There were three seedpods on the common milkweed plant (Asclepias sryiaca).
They continued growing. Then I went out one afternoon, and there was one that had just molted.
I went out every fifteen minutes to watch the progress in this and the following two pictures. The faint wing colors surprised me.
The wings continued to slowly darken. Notice how it used a hind leg to hold the wing in place as it dried.
The wing still wasn’t quite dry.
The few remaining milkweed bugs were gone in two or three days.
The common milkweed is a perennial. This common milkweed is the same one as in the pictures above. Obviously, there have been no insect visitors so far this summer.
The weather was a high 91 degrees, with a strong south wind blowing.
(Which means the quality of the pictures isn’t the best. I’m not a fan of temperatures over 90.)
This dragonfly spent most of its time in obelisk position
to reduce the amount of direct sunlight on its body.
I found another dragonfly in the obelisk position at noon today.
I assumed it was after a tiny bug every time it flew a loop out and back to its perch.
A Horace’s duskywing skipper (Erynnis horatius) took time to feed on a blazing star.
The adults visit flowers and mud puddles.
The ones in southern Illinois emerge from early April to mid October.
They prefer warm sunny spots in clearings along the edges of woodlands, and roadsides.
This is only the only monarch butterfly I’ve seen this week.
It stopped to feed on the tiny white flowers of this honey vine Cynanchum lavae, before flying on to the north.
What a beautiful way to start the day!
And then …. I was weeding in the garden, around the honey vine.
And there was a monarch caterpillar feeding on one of its leaves.
That was a first for me … calls for more research.