Friday, September 11, 2009
Predators in my garden
September seems to bring the predators in my garden. I always welcome these... Several weeks ago, I began to see lots of the small, newly hatched praying mantis...mostly bright green.
Here is a large female hiding in my buddlea (butterfly bush). See how it has adapted it's color to look like a stick?
I was really surprised to see this one on one of my Autumn sedums. He has managed to get a pink cast. In real life, it was much more strongly pink, but still not as dark as the flower head...more of a grayish pink.
The praying mantis egg cases look sort of odd...brown light as air sort of affairs.
When I am cleaning up the garden, either for the winter or taking out the last of the grasses in the spring, I am always on the look out. I don't want to in inadvertently destroy one as they to very well at keeping down the insect populations.
I just wish they would develop a Japanese beetle only diet and forgo the butterflies!
Sunita recently showed some of her insect visitors on her blog, and even showed a praying mantis as well. Hers seems to be a bit smaller and has a thinner abdomen. Take a look here