Garden gifts

While some might not agree, one of my favourite things about the garden is the bugs! There’s no shortage of critters in this teeny tiny world and I love hunting them up and shooting photos.


The honey bees are back in full force and enjoying all the spring blooms.

And the ants are as busy as the bees, working their magic on the peonies.


I almost missed this little guy when I was inspecting my willow tree (which I think is dying sadly)


He’s a juvenile crab spider and he was super tiny. Just how tiny…


Here’s my thumb for comparison.

And for those of you that don’t like spiders… there have been butterflies. Lots of butterflies. The ubiquitous White Cabbage butterfies visit every day. And I did see a Swallowtail, though it didn’t stick around long enough to be photographed.


There’s been a few of these American Ladies, but they’ve proven pretty camera shy. I was lucky to get this shot.

The Red Admiral’s however…


Have been uncommonly friendly. How friendly?

These photos are all of one that continued to land on my dress. Do you have any idea how hard it is to take a picture of your own boob? It was worth the contortion though!

What critters are hanging out in your yard?

7 thoughts on “Garden gifts

  1. Araignee

    The Mister got stung by a wasp yesterday and I’m already walking through spider webs on a daily basis. At least the tree mites have all but disappeared since we had the trees taken down that cover the house. I used to get them in my hair. What a nightmare.
    What I always look forward to is the Luna Moths who haven’t showed up yet this year. They are so beautiful but sadly they make prefect cat toys for the outside kitties.


  2. Shirley

    What wonderful photography! Lots of action in your gardens. Guess it is a good thing you have a fence so the neighbors would not wonder what was going on when you were photographing the butterfly that was on you.


  3. This is exactly why we’ve planted native plants, in the hopes to drawn native bees, bugs, birds, and bats to enjoy! Our wild ginger has blooms for the first time, and the milkweed is growing fast!


  4. Fabulous photos! I haven’t looked for any tiny critters, but I do have a rabbit and some squirrels in the yard. Does the mouse I trapped in the garage count, too?


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