Today, I have a theme: Green. Inspired by this gorgeous green Sweat Bee. With my unsteady hands and little “snappy” camera, I can rarely capture an image with such detail but I lucked up with this one.
For many years it seemed the Cuban Brown Anoles were edging out the Green Anoles around our yard but in recent years the Green Anoles seem to be holding their own and this summer we are seeing a lot of them in the woods as well:
Here’s one enjoying a meal in our front yard:
And a June bug on the driveway. This one was dead and it was strange that the same morning, I saw two others in different pars of the neighborhood – also dead. So, on the same day, three dead June bugs and not another sighting the whole summer.
Back in the woods, a green dragonfly:
And this lovely, lime green grasshopper. On my favorite bug identification site, Bugguide.net, this appears to be a nymph of a species in the genus Schistocerca and is difficult to identify to species in this stage:
Another nymph, a stink bug. I’ve seen many stink bugs around here but they are black or brown and very angular and geometric shaped. This little oval, light green gem was a first for me. It took a little searching but I found an id on whatsthatbug.com.
Signing off with another turtle on the path – we saw a lot of them this summer: