Creatures great and small

I promise no spiders in this post!

You’ve all seen the fun we’ve been having with our little picnic table this summer…

But there’s more than just squirrels who come by for a treat.

This past week, I’ve been greeted almost daily by not one, not two, but FOUR blue jays.

They’ve been tough to get pictures of (especially as they steal peanuts from the table), but this one was brave enough to pose above my bird cage for a few minutes.

I know they can be jerks to other birds, but I do love the blue jays.

And though our garden is small, we’ve had a wide array of visitors this summer.

Bees, of course, are regular visitors. And we have all kinds, honey, sweat, carpenter, bumble and more!

It’s been a good year for ladybugs too. And the real red ones – not the orange ones that like to bite people!

I shouldn’t be happy to see this Gypsy Moth, as they are an invasive species, but I just love this little guys feathery antennae!

This little jeweled Damselfly was hard to get a picture of, but I finally managed it, when she stopped for a rest on the coneflowers.

And of course, we can’t forget our beautiful Monarch friends. They are stopping by almost daily, and we just love them!

9 thoughts on “Creatures great and small

  1. kayT

    Your pictures are wonderful! Thanks for sharing. I love that bee in the white flower covered with pollen.

    My husband objects to sharing his peanuts with the blue jays so has built a complex squirrel feeder which the jays can’t navigate.


  2. Please tell those monarchs to hurry down to Zach. He’s missing us, I think. I love all your photos Val. Native plant gardens here too. Still Trying to eradicate the buckthorn on our property. Rewarded by coyotes howling in huge chorus 2 nights ago. I want to SEE them. But I think they are miles away. Hi Burton

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  3. Araignee

    You sure have quite the variety of visitors! I was sad that there were no Luna Moths this year. I am not sure what’s up with that but I do look forward to seeing them.


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