A Red Admiral butterfly (Vanessa atalanta) pauses to admire herself in the mirrored tile of a mosaic wall.
Posted in Blue, Brown, Butterflies and Moths, Green, Insects & Spiders, Nature, Orange
Tagged blue, brown, butterfly, mirror, mosaic, orange, red admiral, silver
I don’t know what kind of plant this is – an asparagus fern, perhaps? – but it looks AWESOME with icicles!
European Paper Wasps, Polistes dominula
These European Paper Wasps (Polistes dominula) are shaving away bits of a wooden shovel handle, which they'll chew up and add to their nest. I don't mind having these wasps living under my eave because they are predators of the sawfly larvae that eat my roses!
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Tagged angle, animal, black, brown, bug, European paper wasp, gray, insect, orange, paper wasp, Polistes dominula, wasp, white, wood, yellow
Seven-spotted Lady Beetle, Coccinella septempunctata, on day lily leaf (Hemarocallis species).
I have no idea how this photo came out so well! Isn't she perfectly glossy? She is a Seven-spotted Lady Beetle, Coccinella septempunctata, a species introduced from Europe for biocontrol.