Here are a few of my favorite photos from yesterday:
|Chines mantis - a species introduced by accident in 1896 (a Philadelphia nurseryman). This is a female who was at least 5 inches long - and these large individuals can catch and eat a small hummingbird.|
|A megachilid bee, I think. I love the iridescent appearance of these small bees.|
|Same bee as bove - foraging on Rudbeckia (black-eyed susan)|
|Chauliognathus pensylvanicus - Goldenrod Soldier Beetle.|
One of the many species of beetles that do "mess and spoil" pollination in the prairie.
|Acanalonia bivittata - I love pant hoppers! This one was inside a developing infructescence of Queen Anne's Lace.|