Creepy Critters of Summer

Walking Stick

Summer’s gone now. And soon will be all my favorite yard buddies. Until next year, freaky fellas!

Ant On A Thistle
Basket Flower

Skipper

Hawk of the Garden
Dragonfly

Velvet Ant (wingless wasp)

The Ant That’s Not An Ant
Velvet Ant (Really A Wingless Wasp)

Golden Orb Weaver

Back Porch Squatter
Orb Weaver Spider

Scissor-grider Cicada

Scissor-grinder Cicada

So long hot, muggy Summer.
Hello cool, fabulous Autumn!!

15 thoughts on “Creepy Critters of Summer

    1. Hmm … perhaps it is a basket-flower, but I really have no idea. I defer ID’s to the real flower experts, particular when they come to my blog to point out my mis-ID’s! Thanks for the honesty. Always welcomed here, Steve. 😀

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  1. Loved this post, Shannon — a warm salute to some true but-often-unseen beauties. Great walking stick photo especially, I love walking sticks. And the cicada is a real find. I hardly ever see them, though look often due to hearing them. Happy autumn to you–

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    1. The Mississippi Kites return to our neighborhood every spring to take advantage of what I call an over-population of the critters, who feed off the oak trees that abound here.

      I think you missed this hummingbird video a while back (http://wp.me/p28k6D-1Xc) where they present as jubilant summer background noise! Happy Autumn to you too, my friend. I truly appreciate your contributions to this blog.

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  2. I bet the the Wingless Wasp & Scissor Grinder Cicada do part time work at the Chocolate factory to entertain the Oompa Loompas. Look at them, gosh.

    Also, amazing photographs, Shannon. You have such talents!

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    1. Thank you Sarah. Nice to be back in the groove! I must say the garden is doing well without me. Fruits are still coming and I’ve already ‘prepped’ the beds for fall. Post coming!

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