Breaking news: I have new guests in my backyard. The first picture here is a flower that I had no idea was even part of the makeup of my yard! A tiny bit of the backstory is that this area actually had a tree in it not too long ago till a storm blew it down. Now, I guess there’s room for things like this to show up? It looks like some kind of hibiscus… with a few visitors of its own.
Next up is a moth/butterfly creature that is beautiful. The problem with these guys is that they rarely stay anywhere long enough to get a good photograph but I’m very thankful to get this shot.
So far these things have been pretty, right? Then we get to this guy.
While I wouldn’t call a cicada “pretty” by the standard definition, they’re very fascinating to look at (when they aren’t haphazardly flying towards your face!). Kind of like this insect… pretty in it’s own freaky way. I would’ve had more pictures of the cicada, certainly the blurry photo isn’t the best, or wouldn’t have been the one I chose… but…. I only got one photo before… how do I say this delicately…. well…. let’s just say I’m the only vegan in my house and I’ll let you decide what that means.
In all the mayhem that’s happened in 2020, the most recent being a simmering threat of murder hornets, I came across this fellow hanging out on my backyard fence. Oh, it’s just an assassin fly, no biggie!
As you can see, staying true to his name, he’s recently assassinated another insect.
These aren’t a threat to humans, though. In fact, they go after insects so the assassin fly is beneficial to mankind in that they reduce the amount of flying insects which can be a nuisance. So……. I guess we can mark the assassin fly as a “win” in 2020? Terrorizing name aside, the assassin fly is a wild-looking insect. The furry legs, bipod-feet, the large smooth eyes, the hunchbacked furry body, it’s built like a predatory machine ready for speed and attacking.
So if you see one of these flying towards you, have no fear. Well, good luck with that… I’ll be running in a zig zag pattern.
Ants. Frustrating creatures when they’re INside your house. But OUTside, quite fascinating. I came across this little fella as the sun set a few evenings ago. I’m really loving taking close-up photos, if you haven’t noticed in my posts, lately. 🙂