The Bee Assassin Bug, Apiomerus crassipes. WHO KNEW! ? I am very familiar with solid black assassin bug that eats many insect pests but this is my first sighting of the red and black Bee Assassin Bug! Hiding (in clear view) on my Russian Sage which is covered in… GUESS WHAT… BEES
It sadly had a little bee in its clutches and was not about to let this treasure go. The good news is that it not only consumes bees but other critters that might be considered “bad news” for our gardens. So live and let live as the saying goes on Forsythia Hill in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Pretty vintage slip fashion shoot the other day with a friend that looked so cute in everything she tried on.
I’m in the process of listing slips, hats, and a 1940s Norman Durand Hat Box all found in Ellen Kate’s Closet in my Etsy Shop, so go check out my pristine finds, http://ForsythiaHill.etsy.com.
I picked up this retro bright yellow & black vintage 1960’s Fondue Pot at a yard sale. I’ll be listing it soon in my shop. I like photographing my vintage items in the garden!
My 3 cats just discovered a Baby Eastern Ratsnake in our basement! It was striking trying to defend itself. Luckily I found it before they had their way with the little thing. It’s now free in our garden patrolling the grounds.
Last week one was outside my office window smelling my cat with his tongue on the other side of the window screen. My cat was jumpy after that for hours! Now all 3 cats are jumpy!
A black morph of a female Tiger Swallowtail. Female Tigers can be yellow or black and will be showier than the males, having more blue.
This Tiger was enjoying my pink Cleome and stayed here for some time.
I learn something every day from nature.
This is a pair of Leopard Slugs. They actually have 4 tentacles for exploring. The 2 that you can see in this photo contain eyes on the tips!
I wondered why they were always hanging out nearby to my Black Eyed Susan. It is one of their favorite resting plants. They are mostly nocturnal and provide food to many creatures of the night.
The Black Eyed Susan outside my back door on Forsythia Hill in Charlottesville, Virginia is going crazy right now.
There must be 100 Pearly Crescentspot Butterflies enjoying it!
This large Gloriosa Daisy, Rudbeckia hirta was being devoured by hordes of the common Pearly Crescentspot Butterfly. The males usually have black knobs on the end of their antennae. This pair has orange dots.
This is a very common US Butterfly, found nearly in every state except for those on the West Coast.
The Cicada’s have now gone but the Katydids have taken their place in the noise department these warm evenings.
I was fascinated with the large Cicada RED eyes and lovely orange wings.
Female Eastern Tiger Swallowtail enjoying a Butterfly Bush Bloom.
Males do not sport the blue spots!
Photo taken yesterday during the Charlottesville, Virginia Master Gardeners tour, Through the Garden Gate.
My latest new little friend that is larger and more meaty than my skinny Tomato Hornworm friend. This Black Swallowtail Caterpillar is happily dining on my large Bronze Fennel Herb Plant.
It seems each year I get more of these guys on my plant (YAY). I’m happy to let them eat it up and become FAT… soon to turn into a lovely Butterfly.
The underbelly of the female Black Widow Spider. Even though I’ve never seen one, I knew immediately what it was. Pretty shocking that this was my first sighting. I was skimming our recently uncovered pool and this was one of the floating victims I caught in my net.
I’m not a fan of Spiders and this one was especially creepy. Having venom 15 times more potent than that of a Rattlesnake I’ll have to say I’m glad to not be bitten!
Incredible vintage Black Coat with Rhinestone Buttons and matching Dress.
This is a set from the 1950s Thalhimers French Salon. A place where one would go and be shown fashions while you comfortably sat in a plush chair. You would pick out what u wanted and it would be custom made to your size.
It is pristine and available in my etsy shop, ForsythiaHill.etsy.com.
Can’t u just see this as part as your Wedding Trousseau. So lovely.
There was a lot of bird activity on Forsythia Hill today.
This is a sweet little repeat visitor to my Suet Feeder, the female Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens).
In the bird world, many of the females are not as brilliantly colored as the males. The male Downy has a red spot on the back of his head.
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