Friday, May 21, 2010

Last year's rosehips are well past their sell-by date:

Some more anonymous yellow flowers:

From now on we're all frogs, all the time at the pond:

A beautiful Tree of Heaven shortly before its untimely death:

(It's the same one I cut down last year. As far as I can tell, it's called Tree of Heaven because it has eternal life.)

A few nice yellow and black bugs:

(Helpful Rosemary has identified that as Propylaea quatuordecimpunctata, the Fourteen Spotted Lady Beetle. That's an awfully big name for such a tiny bug. You can read about them here; click on the relevant picture for specifics.)

This poor lifesaving ring has been trapped below the weir for many days. How do you save a lifesaver? If that's not a Zen koan, it should be.


Rosemary said...

I think the yellow and black beetle might be Propylaea quatuordecimpunctata (14-spotted lady beetle), which is native to Europe. Check out the Lady Beetles of Ontario site at University of Guelph.

Marnie said...

Thank you, Rosemary! I'll edit the post and keep that link handy for future reference.