This wonderful "weed
" has so many common names it's ridiculous.
I've heard Creeping Charlie and a few others. Whatever you call it,
Phyla nodiflora is a fabulous plant for your butterfly garden
This White Peacock Butterfly
with the dots on its wings dwarfs the
flower, but the blue butterfly fits on top quite nicely.
Of course, any flower that offers food
other little bugs
It helps if they can fly - that towering flower seems quite out of
reach! It's actually only a few inches tall, but to a tiny
quite a climb.
This tiny bug is clinging to a chewed Phyla Nodiflora leaf next to two
round purple flower heads that have not bloomed yet.
This black and yellow wasp
resembles the one a
fed to its
chick when it nested in my yard.
The blue butterflies I have are white and brown under their wings, and
they usually perch with their wings closed, so it's rather rare to see
their blue scales unless you watch them flutter.
This butterfly with two
black dots is one of the blues that visits Phyla Nodiflora. It is a
Cassius Blue Butterfly
. The butterfly with only one dot on the back of
its bottom wing is a Ceraunus Blue
Did you notice that tiny white mealybug
on the flower stem? the butterfly
seems to be
standing on it.
This Firey Skipper
is less colorful than some of the
that visit my
Phyla Nodiflora flowers. See how its antennae end in little clubs? It's a
. The moth's antennae simply end in
points. Here's a Pyrausta tyralis moth
Any flower that draws hungry bugs would be a great place for a bug that
eats bugs to hang out, right? Look under this flower.
Those tiny spiders
lurk under a lot of flowers that
enjoy. This tiny
Pyrausta tyralis moth
wasn't as fortunate as those above; it got
caught.... and eaten.
Life in the great outdoors isn't so great for
that the little green and yellow flower spider is missing a leg. The
predator is also the prey. Here's another predator - an
These little stinkbugs
EEW - what's that glob of foamy goo under the flower? The
foam conceals a spittlebug
. I huffed, and I puffed, and I blew its spit
off - and here's the tiny green spittlebug I found within it:
...and this itsy bitsy spider
was perched on the spreading stem that
crept across the ground.
I wonder if the little green spittlebug
grows into this black one that I found on Phyla Nodiflora? I picked it
up and it sprang away.
Above, a Phyla Nodiflora flower is growing next to a
Phyla Nodiflora is a welcome sprawling weed
in my lawn. Where the
needles fall and kill the grass, somehow the Phyla Nodiflora survives
and keeps things looking green. Here's one more rather unwelcome visitor
- a departing fly
This tiny grasshopper sat briefly on the leaf. I chased a few of them
before I finally got a picture of where the bug was instead of where it