Love in the Wildlife Garden

Since Valentine’s Day is this week, I decided to dust off some of my past articles of fauna showing the luv.

Dateline: July 15, 2011*

I had a completely different idea for this week’s article, but yesterday, as I reached for the case that holds my binoculars and took them out, I felt something icky and shook my hand to see a Southern Two-striped Walkingstick couple (Anisomorpha buprestoides) fall onto the patio chair. That will teach me to keep my glasses on the unscreened patio.

Walkingsticks
Walkingsticks

A Yellow Garden Spider couple was seen yesterday as well. I also witnessed a pair of Eastern Pondhawk Dragonflies “doing the deed”. Love is in the air in beautiful downtown Holopaw, FL (well, we don’t actually have a “downtown” since the entire town consists of a gas station/convenience store combo and a restaurant…oh, yeah…and a motorcycle sales and accessories shop.
Yellow Garden Spiders
Yellow Garden Spiders

So, without further adieu, I present to you, “Bugs in Luv”. Send the kids to bed.
Leaf-footed Bugs
Leaf-footed Bugs

Green Lynx Spiders:
Green Lynx Spiders
Green Lynx Spiders

Yellow-Marked Beetles:
Flatheaded Bald Cypress Sapwood Borer (Acmaeodera pulchella)
Flatheaded Bald Cypress Sapwood Borer (Acmaeodera pulchella)

Lovebugs:
Lovebugs (Plecia spp.), they live up to their name
Lovebugs (Plecia spp.), they live up to their name

Stink Bugs:
Stink Bugs
Stink Bugs

And last but not least, a pair of Duskywing Butterflies:
Duskywing Butterflies (Erynnis spp.)
Duskywing Butterflies (Erynnis spp.)

*This tale was originally published by Loret T. Setters on July 15, 2011 at the defunct national blog beautifulwildlifegarden[dot]com. Click the date to view reader comments.

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