butterfly face macro

Macro Butterfly

Butterflies have been relatively scarce in the backyard this year, so it was exciting to find one butterfly (Speyeria species) that was willing to hang around for some macro photographs of its face and scaly wings.

western spotted orb weaver with ambush bug

Caught in a Web

If you were feeling sorry for the bees ambushed by ambush bugs a few weeks ago, you can now feel sorry for the ambush bugs – a western spotted orb weaver (Neoscona oaxacensis) has arrived in the garden.