It’s a bug-update post! Some are pretty, others not so much. But they are all fun to photograph.

The white spider in the third photograph was hidden in an iceberg rose and I noticed him as I was cutting off the spent blooms last week. I let him disembark and he hopped onto the Heliotropium bloom where I thought he looked quite beautiful contrasted against the purple flowers. I’m scared of big spiders that get into the house but I love the smaller ones and value them all in my garden.

Here’s my latest Bug-parade …

From the ordinary chafer beetleFrom the ordinary chafer beetle

to the almost scary looking bugto the almost scarey looking bug

an intsy wintsy white spideran intsy wintsy white spider

and then another one of theseand then another one of these

Who’s eating my Anemones?Who's eating my Anemones?

Ah ha! Caught in the act!Ah ha! Caught in the act!

There was a parade of caterpillarsThere was a parade of caterpillars

and we saw plenty of beetlesand we saw plenty of beetles

He annihilated one of the IrisesHe annihilated one of the Irises

And perhaps turned into this?And perhaps turned into this?

Or was he this before?Or was he this before?

Or maybe even this?Or maybe even this?

They keep the aphids at bayThey keep the aphids at bay

and then get munched by this!and then get munched by this!

I’m a very “bug-friendly” gardener. The truth of the matter is, I’m way too lazy to be bothered with all the spraying and laying of potions and pellets. My idea of “pest control” is throwing snails over the wall and lifting those really ugly grey worms up with a trowel and throwing them out with the garden refuse. The rest I let live and hope they keep each other in check or provide food for insect-eating birds. It’s all much easier that way :).

Seen any interesting bugs in your garden lately?

Happy gardening