Long-legged Flies (family Dolichopodidae) are very common in our garden -- small hunters zooming around and sporting iridescent costumes in green or orange. The hunting must be good here, because so many of these creatures were munching on smaller bugs when I saw them, including this one:
This next Long-legged Fly seems to me to be striking a heroic pose -- off on an adventure, are we? (I admit that I'm probably crazy for thinking this.)
Another winged hunter, this larger Robber Fly (family Asilidae) paused on a sunny rock between flights:
And a small pretty beetle (species unknown) watched me from its mint-leaf platform:
Do you want to see an aphid up close?
We have Flea Beetles on our potato plants, but thankfully not enough to do any serious damage -- they just leave a few tiny pin holes in the leaves and pose for dramatic pictures:
This little Potter Wasp (possibly Parancistrocerus perennis) was inspecting the area:
And a leafhopper (family Cicadellidae) tried to hide behind a stem:
Speaking of leafhoppers, this Red-banded Leafhopper (Graphocephala coccinea) was absolutely the fanciest thing around:
I love that we have these gorgeous little creatures here -- they look like they should be somewhere tropical, not in my back yard:
This individual was very patient with me, and eventually I left it in peace in its nice hiding spot beneath the potato buds (where it seemed to practically glow in the shade):
I had to go back to a regular lens to take a picture of this last creature -- a lovely big Ebony Jewelwing (Calopteryx maculata), a type of damselfly, and identifiable as a female because of those white spots on her wings:
I've been seeing one of these creatures in the garden for several days in a row now -- could it be the same individual? Perhaps she's also finding the garden to be a good place to hunt. Such a pretty girl:
I have one more garden bug (well, spider) to share, but she's just too cool and so will need her own post. Stay tuned!