Bugs, Bees and Raindrops

02 Jun

1   I found a fascinating bug on the beautifully scented Heliotrope today. He stayed for ages so I guess he liked the perfume too. I’m wondering if it is the same creature, the Green Shield bug, that is making holes in the Pansy flowers.

Pentatomidae ; Palomena prasina (Green shield bug).

Pentatomidae ; Palomena prasina (Green shield bug).

Who/what is eating the flowers?

Who/what is eating the flowers?

2   A bee that was collecting pollen this afternoon seemed to be quite drunk on what he was savouring as he turned upside-down to make sure he got every speck of yellow dust from the little blue flowers (whose name escapes me….)

Collecting nectar

Collecting nectar

3    The rain left a lovely pattern of miniature magnifying glasses on the strawberry leaves.

Strawberry leaf

Strawberry leaf



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7 responses to “Bugs, Bees and Raindrops

  1. greenbenchramblings

    June 3, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    I think there are more critters making holes in our plants this year than ever before.

    • mybeautfulthings

      June 5, 2014 at 5:54 am

      I think they all survived in the very wet but relatively warm winter and now they are voracious!

  2. Hudson Howl

    June 3, 2014 at 1:37 am

    I rather like the ‘swiss cheese pansy’. Visually, nature can have a ravenous imaginative appetite to our chagrin when it happens to our shtufffs.

    Very little is blooming here, so bees are not buzzing about just yet. The odd bumble bee.

    The neckless of beads on the leaf, you know that just turns my crank. I blew it up on the screen. Not sure but there looks to be an aphid trapped in one of the collected drops -towards the bottom hedging leftward.

    • Hudson Howl

      June 3, 2014 at 1:38 am

      Another look -no more like bottom centre.

    • mybeautfulthings

      June 5, 2014 at 5:52 am

      I loved that necklace of diamond-like water droplets too. It caught my eye through the kitchen window and I went out in my pj’s to take the photo before the sun dried up all the rain. I was very pleased with the result but I hadn’t spotted the bug! Thank you for that. 🙂

  3. Shelagh

    June 2, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    That would be the culprit! two years ago we had an infestation of shield bugs just like yours.


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