21 07 2014

I shot this photo of a wasp and an ant at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas a few weeks ago. I was actually set up to photograph the wasp when the ant came running around the stalk. The wasp was actually startled by the little ant!

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Wasp and Ant FB

Pineapple Lily

23 07 2012

Pineapple Lily (Eucomis comosa), photographed at Green Spring Gardens

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Sinonome Toad Lily

30 10 2010

Herbaceous perennial Sinonome Toad Lily (Tricyrtis x ‘Sinonome’), photographed at Green Spring Gardens. A very old cultivar grown as a cut flower in Japan, this exotic perennial blooms in late summer/early fall and prefers moist to wet well-drained soil in partial to full shade. It grows 2-3 feet tall, spreads 12-18 inches and is hardy in Zone 5-8.

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Ant Bee

20 07 2010

Sorry, it’s late, I’m tired, and I just couldn’t think of a better title for this photo (see the tiny ant on the upper left bud?). As soon as I typed it, I thought of Aunt Bea from Mayberry R.F.D. I’m hitting the hay. Goodnight, Opie.

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Resourcefulness in a very tiny package

6 08 2008

Here’s another (but probably not for long) unidentified critter in my backyard garden. I noticed a web being spun in the top of a tomato cage about a week or so ago. Next, in the middle of this highly intricate web appeared a curly cone-shaped dry leaf, suspended in mid-air like a tiny chandelier. Upon closer inspection, I saw a little spider hiding inside. This afternoon, just before the rains came, I caught him wrapping up a nice and tasty black ant, which he then lowered into the web “pantry” (to eat later, I suppose). My friend Jeff happened by after I got the shot and when I pointed out how strong the outer part of the web was, he informed me that spiders can vary the strength of their webs: stronger fibers for the outer walls and then sticky, lightweight skeins for the interior (for catching prey). That skill, combined with recycling a perfectly curled leaf as a protective home base, makes this a pretty resourceful creature, wouldn’t you agree? I couldn’t get any closer without damaging the web, and since he was so tucked into the leaf, I couldn’t see much detail to help identify it. To give you a sense of scale, the leaf is about 1/2 inch long. Any takers on this one? (And yes, I’ll still be offering prizes!) Dalogan? Care for another prize?

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