Just because I was looking at the Morning Glories and saw this little guy…

Just because I was getting tired of weeding and really hot…

Just because I was distracted by the butterflies everywhere…

Just because I happened to have my camera outside with me…

But mostly because I wanted to share with you what I saw this morning!

The flower beds are “alive” in the month of August.  All those caterpillars that consumed my dill, parsley, and rue pay me back by fluttering around my head while I work outside.

The diversity amazes me!  They’re so beautiful…

Great pollinators…

Taking flight.

Morning glories are so delicate and unassuming…

But beware!  They are quite prolific and will show up all over the next year…

Hmmmmm, a face only a mother could love??  Did you know they love to eat mosquitos?

And our favorite garden spider…

Sawyer loves to chase these through the grass.  When we see him jumping sporadically about the lawn, we know he’s in hot pursuit of one of these 🙂

These Sulphur butterflies are hard to catch with the camera!  They flit everywhere and don’t stay anywhere long…

Unless of course they’re digging deep for nectar!

This Lantana plant is FULL of butterflies…

Doesn’t this look like it could be a quilt pattern?

Okay – this insect is new to me this year…

It’s a Robber Fly or Bee Killer.  Seriously, it waits till one flies by and catches the bee or bug.

This one looks like he’s holding on with his front feet, when really…

He’s praying earnestly for a bee to fly by so he can snatch it out of the air!

Love these…

Ever seen a grasshopper poop??  Well, now you have!  That’s okay – it was a first for me too 🙂

This one’s a bit worse for wear…but I’ve also seen them flying with torn wings so I know he’ll be okay.

I spend a lot of time watching the butterflies sticking their “tongues” way inside the flowers…

do you think it tickles?

“Hello!  Are you my species?”

Monarch or Viceroy?

Lesson from nature – you must share!    Hope you enjoyed the walk with me through the flower beds…