Personal space

When photographing the critters, it pays to go very slow as you approach. Sometimes they will stay put, but more often than not they leave. There are lots of missed shots when going in for the close shot. πŸ™‚

A Lace Bug is only about 3mm from head to toe. It feeds by sucking the sap from a plant. Most live on the same plant for its entire life. I personally think it is a beauty. Additionally, most are pretty willing subjects.

I simply call it a Dayflower (Commelina erecta). Other common names include Widow’s Tears, White-mouth Dayflower, and Whitemouth Dayflower. The flower only blooms for a day. The only thing to worry about when photographing plants are the wind and light. πŸ™‚ Ok, another worrisome thing might be if a plant has thorns or prickly parts. This one has neither. πŸ™‚
While I was getting personal, a little bee buzzed in.
Bees were hitting the Sensitive Briar (Mimosa quadrivalvis var. platycarpa) hard! Most of the time, the bees just go about their business.

FOS (first of season), a Garden Spider! And it did not scurry away.

While photographing the exuvia of an unknown insect, an ant dropped in. Ants just seem to be always moving and do not really care that you get close.
A Painted Lady caterpillar was keeping a neat house. They are an easy one to photograph.

This lady built a long and narrow web. Maybe it was the location that dictated the design?
I have seen her everyday since she built the web. However, she will duck back in the funnel if I get too close.

Hey we all have a personal space right?

Weird, Rare, and Everywhere

Keep looking!

The more you know, the more you see and the more you see, the more you know.


  1. Ive never seen a close up of Lace bugs before. It really is a beauty. I see where it got its name. I truly does look like lace

  2. Weird Rare and Everywhere – super article. Who would of thought that there was a moss that grows on the back of a beetle? Or a lichen called water fingers?

    The lace bug is truly lovely and so delicate!

    1. Jeanne, I knew you would appreciate the article. I guess the moss on the beetle gets to move from place to place as a another option for dispersal? Surely it will also grow on another substrate??

  3. Love the Lace Bug. So interesting.
    Your bee buzzing in while you were photographing the dayflower reminded me of what happened the other day. I was trying to get a pic of the rainbow and was standing on the end of my porch. Well in that location I am surrounded by 3 hummingbird feeders. It is juvenile season and they haven’t quite figured out humans yet. So I had one buzzing a foot from my left ear and another buzzing a foot from my right ear. Stereo buzzing. They were very distracting inside my personal space. But I loved it.

    1. Hummers are so fun. On occasions when I have sat on our porch, a hummer will come zooming straight into my face. Like just 6”in front of the face. . Just hoping its brakes were good. 😊

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