Mystery Insect

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You hear the buzzing,

Fast wing beats; it seeks nectar.

And look — it’s orange!

 

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There are two of us working in the garden….weeding and hoeing and trimming.  At one point we stopped to take a breather and admire the flowers that were blooming.

We could see the busy butterflies, delicately perching on purple or blue flowers here and there in the search for delicious nectar.

We could hear the hum of sound created by several bumble bees, moving along purposefully from flower to flower for their share of nectar and, of course, pollen.

Then Ryan, my gardening partner, spied something unusual.  At first he thought it was a really tiny hummingbird, as it seemed to fly and hover similar in that style.  It was hard to get a really good glimpse of it, so I pulled out my phone to snap some shots to help us with identification.  As we observed its movements, it eventually became clear that it WASN’T a hummingbird but another type of insect.  And the photos seem to support that idea.

As both Ryan and I have never seen such an insect before, I decided to post some photos of it on my blog and see if any of my readers might be familiar with it and could enlighten me as to its identity.

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Any ideas???

 

 

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Garden Resident

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Sits ever so still;

But on approaching too close,

Whoop!  Leaping surprise!

 

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It was one of those days when a lot of wildlife showed up in the garden as I was hoeing and weeding.

First, a more beige-coloured frog surprised me, when it jumped from beneath some leaves, as I must have been getting closer with the hoe.

Then a little later, this little green, spotted fellow crossed my path and soon sat in the cool shade and let me take oodles of photos. Such a cutie!

AND THEN! As I continued hoeing, all of a sudden there was a slithering going on! Startled me a bit until I realized it was a garter snake – I guess I disturbed her rest.  And I watched her do her slithery circle thing through the grass and back into the flower bed.  As she disappeared underneath some protective leaves, another frog suddenly leaped from that same area and crossed the path to the other side!!

And among some blue-ish flower spikes, there was a constant buzzing and wing flapping going on – both bumble bees and butterflies dining busily on all the nectar.

Lots of action happening!

 

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Phlox Paniculata

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Flowers in August

Two-tone pink; they grow so tall

With more tiny buds!

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These pink phlox paniculata have grown in my garden for many years now.  They are one of my most favourite flowers, and I look forward to their cheerful faces every year!  The original single plant has grown into a more bushier bunch.  Haha!  The pink makes them “jump out” in the midst of the lush greenery.

Surprise Berries!

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Blackberry Treasure!

Popped up anew….Ripening

Pinks to dark purple.

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Note:  Originally there had been blackberry and raspberry plants growing along the back of our house, and then it seemed in the last two years that those plants had stopped growing and producing – I thought perhaps the location and sunshine (facing east) had some impact – and then I found to my joyful surprise, a few days ago, some new plants had found a home in the front area of the house on their own!  Small but healthy looking plants bearing blackberries and raspberries. Only just enough at this time to snack on a few.  However, it may mean more to come next year!