Wildlife of the Tiny Flying Hopping Garden Sort

Someone doesn’t like to share.


I confess that I may be the laziest person I know when it comes to photography. This week I put the macro lens on my camera and hung around the garden with it. To take wonderfully clear photos with a macro lens, you really need to have it on a tripod so it can stay absolutely still. *sigh* It takes like ten minutes for me to get the tripod set up! So here are some photos taken with a macro lens that may be a smidge fuzzy. But they’re still cool. Particularly the butterfly. I stalked that poor sucker. It was very, very patient.


Boiling the sugar water makes it last for almost a week. If it’s boiled, it doesn’t get any of that nasty black moldy stuff that’s bad for the birds and hard to clean. Totally worth it.


Look at those wings flutter.


I don’t know what sort of butterfly this is. The furry bit in the center makes it look out of focus, but she’s just very furry.


Love all these colors together.




I wanted you to see the wing detail. Tiny eyes to scare off predators.


Bee on sedum.


Busy honeybee.


This is from my iPhone 5 last night. The light wasn’t great because it was porchlight.


Look at his cute tiny bumps and darling feet.

4 thoughts on “Wildlife of the Tiny Flying Hopping Garden Sort”

  1. Priscilla says:

    We had a black chinned hummingbird visit yesterday. No frogs, though!

    1. Laura Benedict says:

      I looked them up–black chinned hummingbirds are adorable!

  2. skyecaitlin says:

    When I was younger, my parents tried to attract hummingbirds. They are fascinating. Frogs are abundant in NJ, and Laura, I believe your butterfly is a Monarch, Butterfly. There is a very odd story surrounding that species, You have a keen sense of all life forms and celebrate them.

    1. Laura Benedict says:

      Hummingbirds are such dear little creatures. Except I’ve observed that they can be VERY territorial. I used to put out two feeders, but the last two years I’ve had one male (doubt it’s the same) be very aggressive about defending them. I got a little afraid he would die of exhaustion, and cut it down to one. That’s what I made up in my head, anyway. ‼️

      Watch out for frogs on the road. I saw a turtle crossing this morning, which is unusual because it’s so late.

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