Return of the Mantis

Here he is again, mugging in front of a blackeyed susan, and he brought friends. Here’s a quick sampling of critters busy in my yard this month. There are LOTS of grasshoppers too.

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I still don’t know what this is, but I’m looking for some kind of identification.

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Possibly an Eastern Tailed Blue moth

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Pretty isn’t it?
This is the Ailanthus Webworm Moth. Yup, it’s the grownup version of the caterpillars
that you see foraging inside of unsightly webs this time of year. I don’t mind them, unless the
infestation gets extreme. It’s interesting to watch them, and I think
the web shrouded communities have some artsy qualities.

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Green Bottle Fly

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Grass Spider: I looked for it yesterday but there was no sign of it. The web is in disrepair so I thought it died. But it’s just deep down in its tunnel, maybe digesting a big meal. I annoyed it enough to get a good reaction out of it. They’re a little poisonous (hemotoxic) but not a real danger to people.

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3 Comments

  1. Anita

    Beautiful bugs! Do you have a name for the second? Even the house fly looks pretty in your photo!

  2. Anna Surface

    Wow! Excellent bug captures! I happen to just love praying mantis' and that is a great shot of the mantis. Bugs delight! You do have a busy yard! 🙂

  3. Marcie

    These are so great. Looks like he's begging!

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