|Baby Screech Owl 2010|
|Mommy Screech Owl 2012|
The Screech Owl came back for a brief visit. She was a show stopping, speckled, calico color. The reason she has her wings out like that is to cool herself off. She wasn't worried about us. This year however it doesn't look as though we'll have any babies to coo over. We did have this privilege a few years back though.
|"I'll be out in a few hours or thereabouts."|
|Female Carpenter Bee on Dianthus|
Meanwhile the large, black carpenter bees have returned to the garden and are on patrol around the Sky Vine. I saw maybe one bee circling the vine about a week ago, and now there are many, and they all think the Sky Vine is their personal territory. I have even been dive bombed when I go out into the garden, but it's all for show - they are not going to sting me. Some even hide in the foliage and come flying out to intercept an interloper encroaching on their space. We have a few dead pine trees in the yard and they probably nest in there.
|Too Bee or Not To Bee?|
1) has 2 wings not 4 wings
2) stubby antennae
3) Big, BIG eyes!
Now you know.
Syrphid Flies favorite meal? Aphids.
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Left pic is Milkweed bug. Just what I need .... another insect chomping on the Milkweed, dramatic female sigh...
Eventually we have this to look forward to in our butterfly garden.
|Just hatched and Drying Wings|
|Aphids on Milkweed|
But wait........ we need to make a mention of a super predator in my backyard paradise. I think it might be a male Blue Dasher. (Corrections are always welcomed and encouraged).
|Male Blue Dasher|
|Juvenile Black Racer.|
.....and while on the subject of predators. Here is a reminder why closed in shoes are necessary in the sub-tropical garden.
A Black Racer. I moved a few pots around and it was curled up under there.
Note to self: Put pot back quickly and back away.
That's my springtime tour of the garden and its various inhabitants.
Thanks for coming along with me!