|Too many aphids, too few ladybugs|
The grasshoppers showed up next. I don't recall seeing them this early in the season before. I found evidence that something was munching my new Stevia plant before I noticed the culprit himself.
|Chomped up Stevia plant|
|Grasshopper meditating on his next meal|
The bugs shown in the pictures above are stand-ins for the ones I found in my garden. My brother, a much better photographer than I'll ever be, provided the photos. He also provided the picture below, constructed with the assistance of software using other pictures he'd taken, in an effort to reconstruct an epic battle he says he witnessed between a swallow and a grasshopper.
How I wish I could train the birds in my yard to hunt grasshoppers! That's not to say that the birds in my garden don't earn the seed I provide for them. They spend a lot of time poking around in the garden beds and lawn.
|Fuzzy picture (taken through window glass) of a sparrow on the hunt|
However, some birds spend more time primping than hunting.
|Fluffed up after his first dip|
|Drying out after his 2nd dip|
Other than the bees, I've yet to see many good bugs in my garden.
|Carpenter bee in flight|
|Monarch butterfly in waiting|
|Gulf Fritillary (male)|
|Gulf Fritillary (female)|
All insect pictures were provided courtesy of ericnp.net.