Surprise, Surprise

March 8, another cloudy day… after a rainy day yesterday. So, I took advantage of the little sunshine in the afternoon.


The Virginia bluebells (Mertensia virginica) were just starting to bloom.

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 I had quite a surprise when I went through my pictures and found a young praying mantis hiding among the flowers.


Only six or seven purple trilliums (Trillium recurvatum) bloomed.

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One of them also had a young praying mantis hiding down in the leaf. I just didn’t expect to see them early in April.

(A visitor to my blog pointed out that this as a Zeus assassin bug nymph. I was looking at the body, especially the abdomen and not the head. Oops.)

6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Tree Lover Therese on April 10, 2015 at 7:47 am

    Just gorgeous! I miss hikes through fields, paths, forests, hills, hollers, etc. with the spring wild flowers. Thanks.


  2. Posted by Sara on April 10, 2015 at 10:33 am

    You take lovely pictures, and I am very much enjoying your blog. Your insects are actually Zelus assassin bug nymphs, a very common kind of “good” insect that eat pests much like mantises do.


  3. The bluebells are beautiful flowers, I wish we had them here.


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