Monday, November 28, 2011

Spiny Flower Spider

I've been watching this little spider for at least a week now. He's always on the same flower, usually hanging off the side, waiting for someone to slip into his web...or just land on his flower.

Flat Cat ?

I'm not really sure what this is. It seems to have six thoracic legs like a caterpillar, but I'm not so sure it's a caterpillar.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


...carrying or munching on something. Love that raspberry eye! Click on the photo to take a closer look.

Monday, November 14, 2011


Rose Bug

Saw these little green aphids on the rose bush.


This was taken with my new, highly sophisticated strobe difuser...a small opaque plastic bottle over a Canon 580EXII

Mantid - Pregnant Female?

The last adult mantid we found that was this color turned out to be a pregnant female. I'll keep a close eye on this one to see if she is indeed pregnant. Hopefully we can catch her in the act of laying eggs!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Chameleon and Fly

I couldn't resist a close-up of the chameleon munching away on the fly.

More Stuff from the Garden

Here are a couple of more shots we took today. By the way, I usually use a Canon 60mm macro, but these were taken with a Canon 24-70...the spider with an extension tube.

Remember the Assassin Bug Nymph that we found molting last Friday? This is what he turns into after a while.


Diane and I took a walk around the garden today and she found our first chameleon. And he snatched a fly right in front of us! Here's a taste while I take a look at the other shots.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Still One More Nymph

Just when I was sure that all of the Mantid Nymphs had molted to Adults, I found this guy on the far edges of the flower patch. And surprisingly, he is still green, which leads me to believe that he's quite young and perhaps weeks away from his final molt to adulthood. I'll keep an eye on him!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Teaser Revealed - Assassin Bug Nymph Molt to Adulthood

We've been watching these "Decorator Bugs" for the last couple of weeks and now know that they are Assassin Bugs, an incredibly clever and resourceful little bug. It turns out that what we've been observing is the nymph stage of the assassin bugs' development cycle. According to, Assassin bugs, like other Hemipterans, undergo incomplete metamorphosis with three stages – egg, nymph, and adult. The female lays clusters of eggs on plants. Wingless nymphs hatch from the eggs (that's what we've been watching), and molt several times to reach adulthood in about two months. Last night Diane and I caught one of the nymphs molting into adulthood. My strobe batteries died so these photos were taken with a tripod...shot at f14 for 10 seconds.

Our good friend Nick Hobgood over at C-O-N-G-O points out that these are the perfect candy corn colored treats for Halloween! But be careful, when threatened, assassin bugs can inflict a painful bite!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Couple of Bugs

Nothing too exciting, just a jumping spider and a cute little red bug. Is this an assassin bug?