The green anoles and Texas spiney lizards don't seem to mind the terrible heat at this time of year.
Eastern black swallowtails are very common in my garden. I normally have black swallowtail caterpillars chomping on fennel, dill, and parsley most of the year. The Eastern tiger swallowtail, pictured here, however, is a much rarer sight in my garden.
This one stayed long enough for me to run inside, grab my camera, and grab a few quick shots. Flighty butterflies, like this beauty, are always the most difficult to snap pictures of, so I got luck this time.
He/she is really enjoying the cotton candy lantana, which supplies ample nectar this time of year for butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds.
Bugs & Other Critters
This obscure bird grasshopper was found basking in the hot summer sun in the courtyard.
The gold and black dragonfly (pachydiplax longipennis) stopped for just long enough for me to snap a shot. The dragonflies have really been buzzing about the yard quite a bit during this hot and dry spell.
A milkweed assassin bug (zelus longipes) hangs out on the tropical milkweed. Maybe this guy is the reason why I haven't seen any monarch caterpillars this season. Bummer.
These furry little caterpillars appear to be fall webworms. They quickly munched down a bunch of my volunteer sunflower leaves. Thankfully, I haven't spotted any of their webs in the trees, so maybe other predators got to them before they were too destructive. I wouldn't mind a few making it to adulthood, though. Their adult stage as a tiger moth is quite striking.
Some little spider that I can't ID, hanging out on the shed door (glad I noticed him before reaching to open the shed!) Anyone know what this guy is?
And to end, some type of cactus bug that is happy munching away on the spineless prickly pear cacti.
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