Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Visitors in the Garden!

I love garden visitors don't you?  

I took a quick photo walk around my yard and spotted a
few little visitors.

I found this sweet moth resting on top of a cosmos flower.  
Fall seems to be their season. 
Lots of different varieties congregate around my porch light in the evenings.

And of course the days are still warm enough for the flies.  There are usually at
least 5 to 6 on a flower.  They are busy trying to snap up the last nectar 
of the season before the cold sets in.

I found this daddy-long leg perching on top of a seed head.
These guys are great in the garden.  
 Also known as Harvestmen these bugs are arachnids, but not spiders -- in the same way that
butterflies are insects, but they are not beetles.  Harvestmen have one body section (spiders have two) two eyes on a little bump (most spiders have eight), a segmented abdomen (unsegmented in spiders), no silk, no venom, and a totally different respiratory system, and many other differences.  Also not all daddy-long legs have long legs!


  1. Creepy and gorgeous at the same time! ;-)

  2. Very interesting, I love learning these facts and will look differently next time at Mr. Harvestmen(man?) xo

  3. I have seen it written both ways...Harvestmen and Harvestman. The most common and correct seems to be Harvestmen.

    Chris :o)

  4. Hi Chris,

    You have some beautiful visitors! I am not too keen on the one with the long legs though....Too scarry for me :-)!

    Lieve groet, Madelief x

  5. Beautiful photos, and interesting to learn more about the creatures visiting your gorgeous flowers. I will look a little closer in my garden next time I take a picture.
    Helen x

  6. Your photos are amazing!! How do you keep the bugs from flying away when you get close?

  7. Lovely visitors indeed!
    The mushroom (in your last post) looks like a dessert! Are you sure, that it was not thrown there by somebody who did not like it...? ;)

    Lovely and professional photos!!!

    Have o good start of the new week!

  8. Dear Chris
    Wow.... your pictures are like a dream! Beautiful photos!
    Thank you for the nice comment on my blog.
    I wish you a good start in the new week.
    Hugs Yvonne