More Backyard Activity
The activity in my own backyard continues! It’s been great fun to have such great photographic opportunities right outside my back door. The nice weather is helping too, as I wouldn’t be sitting outside reading if it were still so hot and humid.
This time, it was the male eastern black swallowtail butterfly visiting the flowers. I’d noticed him earlier in the day on the trumpet vines, but he was gone by the time I got my camera off the kitchen table. A little while later, he landed on the lantana’s, which was much closer to the deck and enabled me to get a better picture anyhow.
There were actually at least two male swallowtails in the yard – the other one had more yellow than this and was just slightly smaller. I did not get pictures of the second one though. It’s not a surprise to have the male butterflies after the female was hanging around the other weekend.
In the meantime, the bees were going nuts on the basil. I love trying to catch them in flight and actually got a good one! Unfortunately, this was not as innocuous as it looked. The bee on the right kept challenging the one on the left. After a few more seconds, they flew off together and then locked in combat. I have no idea why the one was so aggressive to the other one, but I made sure to not get too close.
In the meantime, the dog entertainment center was in full swing. He now has the miniature pinscher chasing bees too! Thankfully neither of them have caught one this year, although a few flys have been caught and swallowed. The one above swallowed a bee last year, but didn’t seem to get stung. He did make a number of yukky faces though from the bee fur on his tongue.
Lastly, I changed my header photo. I took this picture earlier this summer when we were doing some weekend wandering. I don’t go out in sailboats myself, but to me they are a symbol of summer.
Have a good week!
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I am a backyard adventurer, philosopher and observer, recording my life in journals and photographs. Visit my blog at www.livingtheseasons.com.
The header is wonderful. Sailboats just make you think of summer and escaping!
Bee battles! Who knew? Adventures in your own jungle.
Enjoyed the read
Thanks Karen! Yeah, the bee battle was kind of creepy actually. I’m glad you enjoyed it.
Great nature shots, and I love the sailboat picture. They do shout “summer!”
Thanks Patti! The sailboats really do shout that!
Nancy, how can you tell the difference between the male and female butterflies? GORGEOUS photo of the butterfly, and the bees too!
I cheated! I looked it up in Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_Black_Swallowtail. You can see how the female is blue and the male is yellow.
Very cool! I have seen both, but never knew they were male and female. I just assumed they were a different variety in the same family. Thank you for that! :D
As always, lovely photos!
Love the new header. I have featured a sailboot in my latest book, Amanda in England. I think they always look romantic for some reason.
I agree with your how romantic they are. It’s appealing to think about just sailing away on an adventure.
Remember that Amanda has to visit Williamsburg someday too (hint, hint). It’s too bad Andy will be gone before that happens as he’d have fun too. Although he has fun most everywhere he goes and he’s certainly enjoying visiting you.
Amanda would love to visit Williamsburg one day and I know just the person to show her around!
You betcha! Patti lives about 1.5 hours the other way from Williamsburg. . . I bet we could rope her in too!
Count me in!
I knew I could!
Nancy love getting updates from you, it is always nice to hear what is going on in your life. It sounds like you are enjoying your life, which is a good thing
Thanks so much! I think you’re right!
The close-up of the bees is terrific. Bees are amazing to watch hover over, around, and through the flowers. Also, the new header with the sailboats makes me long for a trip to the water before the summer ends.
I’m glad you enjoyed the pictures. I hope you make it to the water soon. Summer is going quickly. Isn’t that the great thing about the blogs how it gives us ideas what we want to do ourselves?