This long-legged fly was enjoying a snack while resting on a Firebush
leaf. See the little bit of something in its mouth? I startled it, and
it flew. That's a mid-air flying fly shot! Here's the whole picture.
These two metallic long-legged flies were hanging out on a leaf in
Speaking of flies, there are just a few more before I move on to other
bugs I've found on Firebush. This blue bug was resting on a leaf. I
think it's a fly
... I've found all of these
, but never seen
one of these sitting still again, darn it! What a wild looking
This yellow and brown Syrphid fly looks a lot like the blue one, except
for the color difference, of course.
This little green larva wrapped around the red Firebush flower is the
larva of a different Syrphid fly: Pseudodoros clavatus
It looks like some kind of scary wasp, and it's huge, but it's another
harmless fly - a Mydas Fly
like this one eat these tiny red flies.
The tiny orange dot with black legs on the ripening Firebush
berries is an assassin bug
Creepy, isn't it? This critter is a cotton stainer.
are not as common
as they used to be, at least where I've been looking. I was delighted to
see this one peeking out of the Firebush at me.
This Firebush was a bit chewed up, but the Queen Butterfly didn't seem
enjoy an occasional
Firebush snack too.
These white weevils
are all over the place, but I don't usually see them
chewing on Firebush. This one might have simply paused in passing.
I wonder which sort of bug
hatched out of this little green egg?
That big beetle disappeared rather quickly, and so did whatever
curled the leaf. Sometimes I find spiders in the curled leaves, but most
often I find them empty.
that visits my Firebushes
is this Polydamas Swallowtail
They're fast, like the
, and hard to photograph when they eat.
like this one fluttered about the bush for a while, but they
landed upside-down in the shadows and were very skittish.
...and last, but not least, this wasp
that is usually patrolling my host plants
seemed to snack on a