Beautyberry is an attractive bush and a native Florida plant. I've heard
like to eat the berries, and I have had them nest near
the bush. It's difficult to get close enough to be sure of what they are
nibbling on though.
The leaves are green. Oh, you want some details, sorry. The leaves get
about hand sized on mature healthy bushes. They have jagged edges. They
make a great resting place for various little visitors
They aren't this shiny; that was the flash. It's a bit dark out.
Sometimes you need to work with what you have.
This bug hanging out on the unripe green berries sure does seem to be
eating one, doesn't it? The bug is a
I never did find out what that beetle crawling out of the berries is. It
dropped to the ground and vanished after this picture and I haven't
noticed another like it since.
Take a closer look at that picture. I was looking at the
Caterpillar when I noticed the
sleeping on the leaf. The
and the frog are on a
Passiflora suberosa vine
growing up the Beautyberry Bush.
Generally when I find food for bugs
, which includes
, seeds, and
berries, I find bugs
that prey on bugs. This orange and black bug looks
a little like a Milkweed Bug
, but it has a long narrow head. It eats
other bugs. This bug is an Ambush Bug
Ahh, the joys of summer. look under the leaf:
This creepie-crawly under the leaf is a fly
that bites. It's a deer fly
. Don't be
misled, they bite people too.
Beautyberry is a pretty plant. The brilliant purple berries are quite
showy, and if you don't want that much purple, the white berried variety
is an elegant alternative.