Sunday, July 20, 2008

Garden Critters

I'm not really a bug person and usually lose it if I find bugs in the house but it makes me very happy to see them in the garden especially if they are helpful. The bees have been very busy in my yard despite all of the honey bee loss we've seen lately. I was very excited about the preying mantis until Janice informed that they get big enough to eat birds. I've seen huge one's but I always thought they ate bugs only. Hopefully I don't witness a preying mantis attack and eat a bird. I believe the butterfly is a black swallow tail. I'm not so crazy about the ants, slugs or snails but they take cute pictures and I just can't get myself to use any kind of pesticides even if they are munching on my plants. You may want to click on the images to get a better look.


Janice said...

I love the one with the flying bee. Really great shot.

Here's what I found about the Praying Mantis diet:

Praying mantises eat insects and other invertebrates such as other mantises, beetles, butterflies, spiders, crickets, grasshoppers, and even spiders. The praying mantises also eat vertebrates such as small tree frogs, lizards, mice and hummingbirds. Praying mantids can resemble flowers and can catch small, unknowing hummingbirds. Praying mantids also eat other nesting birds.

Nichole said...

Ewww! If I see the preying mantis again I'm sending him over to your yard.