Sounds like a mystery novel, eh? 🙂 But it’s just two more insects from our yard.
The Painted Lady-Vanessa cardui was dining on the asters when I checked on them again yesterday afternoon. I photographed one the other day while doing a house call for the day job and it was much more patient a model, but this one was flitting about and always, it seemed, behind some of the flowers making it difficult. The asters grow in a corner of our vegetable garden so I was running in and out of the garden gate trying to get a clear chot. This was the least obscured view.
Another fresh specimen, it won’t be around here much longer as this species also migrates to Mexico.
We have several plantings of sedum in the yard and this one bunch had a not very well hidden orange assassin bug-Pselliopus cinctus lolling atop the flowers.
I think it was nectaring up while waiting for more meaty prey to happen by. Their main source of food is other insects but who doesn’t have a sweet tooth?
Happily, things insect related have picked up in the yard lately. It’s been a quiet summer out there and now that more insects are appearing it is the end and pretty soon they’ll be gone until spring.