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Bugs in the Garden

Insects are Incredible!

Insects are everywhere! Because they are so numerous, insects are involved in the lives of every land, and water plant, and animal. Here at the Garden we have a wide variety of insects crawling, jumping and flying around. See if you can spot any of these creatures as you walk through the Garden.


Thanks to Laurel Woodley for all the delightful pictures!

Praying Mantis in the garden! The Praying Mantis is a predatory insect. Larger species have been known to prey on lizards, frogs, birds, snakes, and even rodents. The majority are ambush predators, laying in wait for prey to stray too near. They are also masters of camouflage, blending in to their environment.
Phoebis sennae  
  Cloudless Sulphur Caterpillar
(Senna Sulphur)

The Cloudless Sulphur caterpillar is either yellow or green depending on what
it is eating on the host plant. Host plants provides the food that particular
caterpillar needs to become a butterfly. Host plants for the Cloudless Sulphur
(Senna Sulphur) caterpillar are the cassia or senna plants. The larvae are green
when eating the leaves. Once the plant blooms and the larvae eat the yellow
flowers they are yellow!

 
Phoebis sennae - Cloudless Sulphur - yellow
Phoebis sennae - Cloudless Sulphur - green
Phoebis sennae - Cloudless Sulphur - yellow
Cloudless Sulphur (Senna Sulphur) adult butterflies favor pentas, azaleas, autumn sage, Mexican sage and golden dewdrop as sources of nectar. They are large butterflies with fast, powerful flight. Males are virtually sold yellow. Females may be yellow, orange-yellow, or white with a faint dark border on the upper surface of their wings.
 
Pine branch with old Carpenter Bee nest
Valley Carpenter Bee. Xylocopa varipuncta
Honey Bee. Apis mellifera
Green Fruit Beetle - Cotinus mutabilis
Western Leaf-footed Bug. Leptoglossus clypealis
Harlequin Bug. Murgantia histrionica
Monarch caterpillar. Danaus plexippus
Monarch Butterfly. Danaus plexippus
Fiery Skipper
Gray Bird Grasshopper. Schistocera nitens
Big Red Skimmer. Libellula saturata
Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle. Harmonia axyridis
Gulf Fritillary caterpiller. Agraulis vanillae
Gulf Fritillary. Agraulis vanillae
Scarab Beetles feeding on the Bo Tree in our Volunteer Garden! Hungry little beasts!
Anise Swallowtail. Papilio zelicaon
Large Milkweed Bug. Onocopeltus fasciatus
Giant Swallowtail. Papilio cresphontes
Eucalyptus Leaf Beetle. Chrysophtharta sp.
Damage done by Eucalyptus Leaf Beetle
Fork-tailed Bush Katydid. Scudderia mexicana
Crab Spider: Misumenoides formosipes. White
red gall on willow leaf. Created by feeding activity of Willow Apple Gall Sawfly (Pontania californica) larvae.
Crab Spider: Misumenoides formosipes. Yellow
Keelbacked treehopper: Antianthe expansa. Lives on members of Solanaceae (Tomato family)
Golden Orb Weaver: Argiope aurantia. Zigzag in web is the stabilimentum
topside of Gulf Fritillary: Agraulis vanillae
Cholorochroa uhleri - Stink Bug, feeding on Cockscomb in Volunteer Garden
Painted Lady Butterfly - Vanessa cardui
Neoscona oxacensis Common Brown Spider
Argiope aurantia Golden Orb Weaver