|The very first "insect" that I spotted on the sunflower blossom.|
It's a little green grasshopper.
Yes, there he is, the little green critter! I think the little green grasshopper was plotting out his day. He probably already got in a bit of breakfast by the time that I showed up!
|Not so little green grasshopper on pretty yellow sunflower blossom!|
|Hey there little buddy ... whatcha doing on my sunflower leaf?|
It's another little green grasshopper. Could it be the same one?
|A healthy green grasshopper sitting on a warm sunflower blossom|
|Hey! Green grasshopper hopped on my hand!|
Photo taken by JaguarJulie Ann Brady
Oh! And, it was one Saturday morning that I was squeezing between the 3 rows of sunflower plants to do a little weeding. When I came inside a while later, I was in the kitchen and there on the tile floor? A little green grasshopper! I seriously do not know where that grasshopper was spending his time until he came inside. Poor little grasshopper; he is no more!!
You know, that little green insect wasn't the first pest that I actually spotted in my garden. I have been battling moles which have traversed nearly every part of my yard -- back, front and side! I believe it was because of the mole that some of my organic sunflower seeds never sprouted seedlings. Thus far, the moles have been camera-shy and rather elusive. When I photograph one of them, you'll be the first to know!
Black Leaf Bugs!
For a few days, I had been seeing a flying insect that was new to me.
|Now those critters are getting serious!|
Two black leaf bugs having a conference or something.
|Another black leaf bug on my sunflower leaf.|
|Two black leaf bugs on a sunflower plant stem|
|A determined black leaf bug on the sunflower plant|
|Solitary black leaf bug on cut sunflower plant stem|
|Three black leaf bugs on a sunflower plant stem|
I have seen a few butterflies flitting around the sunflower garden, but was not quick enough to actually photograph any. Well, until the other day.
|Monarch butterfly on Autumn Beauty Sunflower blossom|
|Monarch butterfly on Autumn Beauty Sunflower blossom|
Imagine my delight the morning of May 27, 2012. I came out to feed the orange male cat that visits; I didn't see the cat, but I did see a green dragonfly!
|A green dragonfly resting on a yellow sunflower blossom.|
|That's the green dragonfly that I found on my sunflower blossom!|
A Common Fly
Do we usually see the common house fly that much? Normally, I am seeing more of the teeny weeny flies or gnats. Is seems rather unusual that you would find a fly on a sunflower blossom, but I spied a fly. Take a look.
|A fly spotted on a pretty Autumn Beauty sunflower blossom|
Worms in Sunflower Blossoms
|Worms in the Pretty Yellow Sunflower Blossom|
A Ladybug and a Bee!
I had to come back to this post and add this picture. This is one of those sunflower pictures that I didn't realize I had this photo until I downloaded it and pulled it up in Photoshop! Look closely and you will see those two little critters!
|A ladybug on a sunflower petal along with a bee!|
Just a Bee Please!
|A bee on a pretty Autumn Beauty sunflower petal|
|2 + 2 bees on 2 pretty Autumn Beauty sunflower blossoms|
Probably the most inspiring vision I have had in my sunflower garden occurred twice now! Both times, it was early in the morning when I was feeding the cat. The first time, I was actually standing in the garden and heard a buzzing off the left side of my head. Not fast enough with my camera.
The second time, I had stepped out of the garden and was photographing it from a little distance away. It was just after 6:45am. The cat alerted me to the hummingbird. I snapped a few pictures and then got out my loupe to find the hummingbird in those photos!
|A Hummingbird in my sunflower garden - Look closely!|
Cardinal and a Mockingbird
I haven't yet captured a photo of that male red cardinal, but I did catch his mate!
|Female Cardinal sitting on the Sunflower Garden Edging|
Now, the female has been a bit more timid. She lands on the edging, but doesn't really come into the garden. See her there in the lower part of the photo, just left of center.
|A mockingbird on the roof near my sunflower garden|
Brown Anole Lizard
|Brown anole lizard on a sunflower leaf|
On morning, I watched one of the anoles that was sitting on a sunflower stem. Right above him was one of those black leaf bugs. The lizard snapped at the bug, but unfortunately, it flew off.
Remember the cat?
There's been an orange male tabby cat that has hung around since I first moved in. Just this morning, as I was riding my bicycle to my workout session, a neighbor stopped me. We were talking about plants in pots and how it looked like some cat peed on her one plant. Next thing, we are talking about the orange and black male cats which frequent our neighborhood.
|There's my little orange buddy!|
|Where have you been? There you are!|
There you have it! I have spotlighted some interesting insects and critters found in my sunflower garden. I have yet to try any real pest control other than Spectrum HG-53944-5 "Spectracide" Triazicide Once and Done Insect Killer. I've been using the Spectracide granules for some time to treat my front yard; trying to discourage the moles from going after insects in the ground.
I did an initial treatment of Spectracide on the 9-1/2 x 15-1/2 foot garden area before I added the red mulch and ultimately the sunflower seedlings and sunflower seeds. Over the past couple of months, I have sprinkled Spectracide around the outside perimeter of the garden.
If the insects and critters in my sunflower garden continue to persist, I may opt for additional pest control. Stay tuned and I will let you know what I use! Thanks for stopping by today; nice to see you! Bzz Bzz.
Hey there! Nearly 3 months out and it is time for Drying Sunflower Heads for Harvesting the Seeds.
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