Last month I welcomed visitors to my garden; both my gardener friends and these tiny red and black insects. As I waited for my human visitors to arrive I was taking photos of the new rose we planted this year (it’s called Ketchup and Mustard) and noted a very large Ladybug larvae cruising around on the buds and blooms. He stayed for both days of my Open Garden, and I was able to get out my Lupe and share the magic of his visit with my guests.
My macro lens captured these photos, to record his visit for all time. I am sure that he has grown up by now and become the winged Ladybug he was meant to be, but I was entranced by his movements on the roses. I have seen his brothers on many of my roses since then, taking care of the aphids that have moved right in this summer.
I love watching the magic that is my garden, the blooms of the plants unfurl, the small plants get larger, and the insects come and go. Of course I can do without the aphids, and I know the spiders are beneficial and all, but I don’t really care to walk thru the webs every morning. But I know….it’s all part of the cycle of life, happening every day, every season with or without me.
I was very impressed by this series of photos. The plants, the bug, the lighting; the lens that captured it perfectly. It’s not hard to be a good photographer with such a beautiful subject in my viewfinder!
Enjoy the photos, without captions or interruptions. You can either scroll down the page with the thumbnails or click the first image for a photo carousel of larger images to click through.
*Sharon ~ from my garden