Wednesday, October 6, 2010

After spending all day in the office conferencing with students, when I got home, camera in hand, I walked around the gardens. It was a lovely fall afternoon and plenty of activity and drama in the flower beds. Look closely here and you will see those nasty ambush bugs ready to attack the butterfly.

The Russian sage was alive with bees of several varieties and lovely butterflies. But lurking in the petals were those nasty ambush bugs. I managed to rescue one painted lady from the death hold of the bug; later I discovered three butterflies that were not so lucky. Breaks my heart to see the beautiful, peaceful creatures fall prey to the nasty attack bugs.

As common as these cabbage butterflies are and plain as they are, they still make a pretty picture. I managed to catch this one in flight.


  1. Hi Ann, Those butterflies are beautiful! I have yet to meet an ambush bug. Your last photo of a bee and white butterfly is stunning! They look like they are communicating, informing each other of danger ahead.

  2. Thank you. I hope you are receiving my responses. I am having a hard time getting my messages to go through. The ambush bugs come in different varieties. This is the first summer that I have seem them and I do despise the little creatures.

  3. My Russian sage rarely gets to bloom anymore because of the grasshoppers. There's no way to kill off the entire population unless everyone within 20 miles sprayed at the same time. Enjoy the cooler weather this weekend. ♥♫

  4. Ann, Do you mean there was a problem leaving a comment on my blog? I did receive your comments. What sort of problem was that? I even got rid of word verification sometime back.

  5. I am glad my message went through. I think perhaps I just didn't wait long enough for it show up. I am still a newbe at this blogging. I enjoy your comments and love your site. ann

  6. Ann,
    Believe your whites are Checkered Whites native to the US unlike the Cabbage White.


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