Sunday, July 19, 2009

A buggy kind of day

I was fixing breakfast late this morn and glanced outside. I saw this this little drama going on out there. We always called these wasps bee wolves, but in googling that it appears to be the wrong wasp for that name. Tomorrow I will try looking in my National Audubon insect book and see if I can come up with anything.

Anyway, it would try to fly with it and could almost take off, but not quite make it. Then it would crawl around and eventually try to take it through the cracks in the porch but it was too big to fit through that. It eventually got tired of trying and left it laying there, to be enjoyed by the cats later. Or at least Mama Cat...she batted it around for a while and then left it laying.
We made a quick run through the strip pits this evening and it was strange. Usually, the red-winged blackbirds are just everywhere you look. I don't think we saw a single one for the first mile or mile and a half. But there were chimney sweep/swallow type birds everywhere and they had not been there before. And little white butterflies were abundant, but this is the only monarch I seen. I took several pictures of it, with this being one of my favorites.
I am heading for bed...Lorelei will be here in the morning. Yeah! I can't wait to see her smile!


Anonymous said...

Nice post. Is that a cicada? It might be a cocada killer.

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Your EG Tour Guide said...

Nice close ups, Rose. I haven't seen many monarchs yet this year. Maybe they're all in Indiana!

Have a fun day with Lorelei!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Good Morning Rose, Love your pictures--especially of the butterfly.

By the way, how is your 'run-away' kitty???? Is he staying home more these days÷÷÷÷÷

Have a wonderful day with Bright Eyes.

don said...

Another very interesting series of fine close ups.
I guess the Monarch would be my favorite, but the others are fine shots too.

Anonymous said...

Very pretty flutter-by & flower pic

Mary said...

I don't like wasps but that is a great photo of it with its prey.

Deborah Godin said...

Great shot, and loved the description of the drama!

Shellmo said...

Wonderful shots - vicious bugs! LOL!

Jacob said...

Those are superb photos, Rose. Colorful, interesting and sharp.

In fact, I became entranced so I guess you posted some insectious pictures!

Barb said...

My favorite is of the Monarch of course...but I must admit seeing that attempt at being the powerful one up close and personal is a bit interesting. Enjoy your time with Lorelei, her pictures are wonderful on your earlier the pictures!

Carletta said...

What a great wasp macro! I love the butterfly too.

George said...

You did a great job getting the picture of the wasp and the butterfly. I like the bee on the flower as well.