For the first time in quite a while, I was able to slip outside and take a few photos in the yard and gardens yesterday. I didn't get great shots and I haven't had time to identify the animals, mainly insects, that I found, but I thought you might enjoy seeing them anyway.
I thought I was off to a great start when I found this black-winged damselfly as soon as I stepped off the back patio. He was resting on a leaf of blue-eyed grass.
Isn't that an amazing detail?!
Last of all, I found several insects on the aquatic milkweed (Asclepias perennis), despite its diminutive size and somewhat anemic appearance so far in my garden. Truthfully, I only really noticed ONE insect at first - this small, dark bee....
So that, fellow gardeners, completes the portfolio of "Pollinators & Others" that I found during my 25 minute walkabout yesterday afternoon. I was a little disappointed not to find more insect life, but it's early days/months/years in my gardens here, so I guess it's not too surprising that the diversity is minimal. I'm hearing, too, that insect life is on a major decline throughout the country, so maybe my quiet yard is just indicative of a larger problem.
Time will tell. Meanwhile, I'm doing what I can, where I can - and enjoying the rewards that I am given. I'll just hope to see more on another day.