Today, in the garden, a Lily Beetle in all his (or her) shining loveliness.Â I’ve actually stopped trying to grow lilies because of these little guys.Â Their larvae are quite unpleasant and can strip a plant within days.Â However, they don’t eat day lilies so I have tubs of those instead!
This is a Banded Snail resting high up in a branch of euonymus.Â Â We get a lot of Roman Snails in our garden and I have no particular love for them, since they are voracious eaters of anything I plant.Â These little fellows do less damage, and they’re much prettier!
Hoverflies!Â I’m very fond of hoverflies. They are so pretty – just look at this guy’s beautiful bronze thorax and huge eyes!Â And they are mostly harmless, meaning very few of them will eat your plants. None of them will sting or bite you.Â I like to attract hoverflies into the garden and I’m always pleased to see them emerge in the spring. This one, I’m reasonably sure, is epistrophe eligans.
One of the things I love most, and find most relaxing, is photographing the smallest forms of life: mostly insects, but I also enjoy taking pictures of snails, woodlice, mites, spiders, and anything else that lives and breathes and shares my space.Â Even the humble ‘greenbottle’ fly, this is one of the Lucilia species, I’m not sure which.Â These are extremely wary flies and don’t let you get too close.Â I guess that’s what comes of living the kind of life that they do and getting swatted a lot.
I realise that some of you might see this as rather bizarre, but … to be honest, to me it seems odd not to find these tiny creatures fascinating.Â That’s what makes the world go around.Â You may hate ‘bugs’ and love inner cities, or Pink Floyd, or something equally weird to me.
There are very few insects that I will kill.Â Â Among them are fleas, ticks and mosquitoes and the disease-causing mites and lice.Â Also wasps – but only because OH is allergic to them and they are persistent little beggars once they decide to come indoors.Â If they stay out once I’ve caught and released them, they get to live. If they come back inside, they don’t. It’s as simple as that.
And just to show that it’s not all creepy-crawlies with me, here’s a macro of a spotted laurel flower. Did you know they flowered?Â No?Â Well, that’s because the flowers are so small and insignificant.Â Insignificant until you look at them closely, that is, then they are quite lovely.