praying mantis

What are the odds of both Jeff and Tim sharing their favorite garden bug photos with us in the same week?

"I really love welcoming beneficial bugs to my garden, as well as bugs that are at least neutral. I could certainly do without aphids and leaf miners. Hopefully folks aren't too turned off by bugs. It wasn't a great year for monarchs, for some reason, but we had a Red Admiral explosion for a few weeks last summer. I read that some years are just that way, depending on a lot of factors, but this is the first time I've seen so many at one time in one place. It was wonderful to be inundated with what seemed like hundreds of them in the garden, feeding on every available flower."

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Asclepias curassavica & wasp

Black swallowtail male

Carpenter bee on Aconitum

Castor bean with ant

Hummingbird moth

Monarch and Caryopteris

Orb weaver web

Pearl Crescent Butterfly

Red admiral

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