Continuing the Valentine’s week love, a republish of a lost post. Dateline: February 14, 2014
Happy Valentine’s Day 2014. I’ll start with a disclaimer that not all insects are bugs, but all bugs are insects. For this article I’m lumping arachnids under the bug umbrella too. Heck, they crawl around, don’t they? Besides, spiders are often the biggest huggers of them all!
In past years for the holiday of love, I’ve posted photos of the mating creatures in my garden. This year, I’ve decided to go a different route, and share species that are hugging other species. IPM at its best, it brings on a whole new meaning of love you to death.
So, start humming “Let me put my arms around you Baby” while we take a walk through the garden of love:
Carolina Mantid gives a smooch to a skipper butterfly:
Milkweed Assassin Bug (Zelus longipes) offers a big kiss to his diptera friend
This female jumping spider squeezes her grasshopper friend
The grasshoppers appear to be a favorite date. This yellow garden spider shows the love too:
Jagged Ambush Bug (Phymata fasciata) put the moves on a skipper butterfly
The crab spiders always share the love:
This Robberfly loves BBB (Big Beautiful Bugs)
While some Hanging Thieves love bees to death:
Others just show the love to the flowers such as this frogfruit:
A motherly hug is exhibited by a fishing spider as she protects the children:
This spider was unaffected by the “cologne” of a stink bug
Peacock butterflies can be so beautiful that the garden spiders just can’t resist:
Sometimes the bee killers live up to their name:
yet other times they are happy to just receive flowers:
So I wish you all a Happy Valentine’s day and keep a happy balanced garden by planting native plants and avoiding pesticides. Hug your favorite.
*This tale was originally published by Loret T. Setters on February 14, 2014 at the defunct national blog beautifulwildlifegarden[dot]com. Click the date to view reader comments.