Butterflies, Bugs, Bees and Other Garden Critters

There is nothing like wandering around in my garden and seeing the wildlife in the form of insects buzzing around.  We all know that gardens need bees for pollination but so many other garden insects will find their way into a garden too.  Just provide them with flowers and leaves, and they will seem to find us!Garden insects can be both  beneficial and destructive

We all love the sight of swallowtail butterflies on flowers in our yard. But some other bugs might not be so inviting.  Are you a bug person?

Swallow tail on a zinnia plant

Gallery of Garden Insects

I thought it would be fun to compile a collection of garden critter photos. Some of them are those that I have seen in my garden and others come from my gardening friends, or from Fans on my Facebook Gardening Cook page.

Swallowtails feeding on Butterfly bushesPage Fan Tamara Martin shared these gorgeous photos of Swallowtail butterflies feeding Butterfly bushes in her sisters yard.

  • This “monster” comes from Gardening Cook fan Robert Davies.  Robert says this about the imposing critter:  “Thought you’d like this photo I took today in my father’s garden, on one of his Strawberry plants.  It’s a Vapourer moth – more common in the European mainland than the UK but not totally rare. Poisonous too but pretty!  I did a little research but not a lot. You guys won’t get them in the U.S right?” Vapourer moth - more common in the European mainland than the UK but not totally rare. Poisonous too but pretty!

I have never seen one but it is frightful to look at!  My friend tells me all those hairs are toxic!

Sunflower and dark swallowtail butterflyThis blue swallowtail seems to be enjoying the lovely sunflower in page fan Angie Hawk’s garden.

Huge spider in DenmarkThey make spiders big in Denmark!  Shared by page Fan Bente Havelund. Silver spotted skipper butterfly and the caterpillar that will become one.My friend Judy from Magic Touch and Her Gardens shared this photo of a Silver spotted skipper butterfly and the caterpillar that will become one.  The butterfly loves a butterfly bush and the caterpillar has a fondness for wisteria leaves!

Dragonfly feasting on the flowers of a Dusty Miller plant.Close up of a dragonfly feasting on the flowers of a Dusty miller plant in my test garden.

This tobacco hornworm devoured the leave of so many branches on my butterfly bush. This tobacco hornworm devoured the leave of so many branches on my butterfly bush,.  Fine out about him here.

Dragonfly perched on a porch postTamara Martin also shared this fabulous photo of a dragonfly perched on a post on her front porch. Tamara says that he visits the porch almost daily! What a treat and what a talented photographer you are, Tamara. Thanks for sharing!

Be sure to also check out my article on how to attract monarch butterflies to your garden

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