Hello everyone and here we are once again with another look at some little things. There is so much beauty around us, but some of it can be very small and inconspicuous, so we often miss these things even when we are out for a walk in nature. Even the little hummingbird in the featured image above can be easily overlooked if you don’t have a feeder around to attract them. Or even in our own flower garden there are some remarkable little things around that we just overlook or just think that these things are all the same and just dismiss them as nothing interesting. Or sometimes we might consider them a pest, but yet they are very beneficial in our gardens to keep true pests away. But before you read any further, a word of warning. INSECTS AHEAD! So if you are terrified of such, you might not want to look at the pics.
However, not all pics show insects, like the one above. These are called ‘long-leaved bluets’ and are a very tiny wildflower that are very easy to overlook when out for a walk. They can be white or pale lavender like these. They are tiny flowers, the flower stalks can be from 2 to 8 inches (5 to 20cm) tall and they like very dry soil. Around here they are normally 2 to 3 inches (5 to 7.5cm) tall. So I usually lie down on my stomach to get pics of them. The flowers are less than a quarter of an inch (about 5mm) across. Sometimes they will make their way onto lawns, especially if the lawns are not watered often.
Then we have some potentilla flowers with some insects on them. I think they are both some kind of bee. I need to get a bee identification guide, if there is such a thing. Both of these little creatures are small, both of the flowers are about an inch (2.5cm) across, so that gives an idea of the size of these insects. The one above with the orange and black body is very small but a cool little insect and amazingly fast. It also likes to hover a lot, like it is searching the flower for enemies before landing.
The one above looks like a fly of some kind, but acts and flies more like a bee. I like the two-toned wings, part so clear it’s easy to see right through it, then darker towards the body. They are larger than the previous one, but still small. Well, that’s it for today, I hope you enjoyed our look at some “little things”. Have a wonderful day and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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