I know I already did a post on bugs. But we live in the country, and there are always more bugs to take pictures of and tell everyone about. Especially the really big ones.
We have milkweed growing along the ditch and I find the flowers really beautiful. The butterflies really enjoy them. Here is a swallowtail. On a different occasion, I was without my camera and therefore, had my hands free. I went up to one of these beauties and put my hand out. Mr. Handsome was so inebriated with his milkweed juice that I could put my finger right under him and have him walk the length of my hand. This went on for minutes. It was really cool.
I believe this is a wood beetle. They get a bit bigger than this guy. I found this little dude in the bedroom while I was getting dressed. I finished getting my socks on and picked him up and put him outside. These guys can get bigger then some of our local bats. I know, because I saw one of each hanging out, side by side, under the over hang at work a few weeks ago.
Now these watermelon beetles I adore for no other reason than their coloring. And their fuzzy horns. And the way they hiss when irritated. I love handling these guys. They are so gentle and have far more personality than most beetles. Unfortunately, the watermelon beetles are also a favorite of my cats, so I have to be quick in rescuing them.
I don’t know what this next little guy is. A fuzzy fly? It burrows in the sand. I saw several of them, all working independently to make their little burrows.
We found cicadas everywhere this year – in the bedroom, the living room, the kitchen cat water dish, the rose bushes, etc.