Explore Garden Wildlife
Clearwing Hummingbird Moth
By: Meriel Bradley Hummingbird moths fly and feed during the day, so if you are lucky enough to attract them into your garden you are in for a treat - they are absolutely amazing to watch. I had quite a time getting some pictures to share as they are very busy and...
Candy Striped Spider
By: Meriel Bradley This was an interesting find on the speedwell in my garden - a Candy Striped Spider. According to Wikipedia, it is: Native to Europe and has been introduced to North America a long time ago Belongs to the family Theridiidae It's not a very big...
Black Swallowtail Butterfly
By: Meriel Bradley The Black Swallowtail Butterfly is so beautiful with an impressive wingspan of about 4 inches. It doesn't land in one spot for very long so is quite hard to capture, but it finally landed in my vegetable garden on a mulch path just long enough for...
Monarch Butterfly Lifecycle
By: Meriel Bradley Growing up our garden was full of butterflies and bees and I am working to build out my garden from a new home build of nothing but a grassy lawn into a haven for local butterflies, bees, and birds. The Monarch butterfly is one of the most striking...
By: Meriel Bradley I love seeing dragonflies in the garden, not just for their beauty, but as they patrol back and forth across the garden, I know they are helping keep the mosquito population down. They start life in the water where the female dragonflies lay their...
By: Meriel Bradley I found this beauty while raking the leaves this fall. The American Toad is a large, squat toad that lives in ponds during their breeding season, and then they hibernate on land in the winter and burrow beneath the frost line in the soil. The...
Black Swallowtail Butterfly Caterpillar
By: Meriel Bradley I plant my organic garden to attract birds, butterflies, and bees. With this in mind, this year I planted dill as well as parsley in my flowerbeds to see if I could attract the beautiful black swallowtail butterfly as these are really easy to grow...
Canadian Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly
By: Meriel Bradley I was thrilled to have this Canadian Tiger Swallowtail visit my garden. It took me on quite a chase but finally settled long enough so I could capture this picture. The Canadian Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly can be found around evergreen and deciduous...
A Bee Friendly Garden
Tips for a bee friendly garden:
Choose native plants, trees, and shrubs rich in pollen and nectar
Provide continuous bloom so you always have plants blooming from spring until fall
Many native bees build nests in soil, so leave some bare patches and limit your use of mulch
Provide fresh water
Make or buy a bee house
Don’t spray pesticides – garden organically
Green Bush Cricket
I found this Green Bush Cricket on my Delphiniums and had to get a picture – the colour combination of his green and the blue of the flowers is magnificent. I hope you enjoy the picture as much as I do.
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