I started taking a botanical drawing class with Lauren Levato (you can still sign up this week) which has me on high alert for all kinds of insects in addition to butterflies.
While I was in Texas, we visited the Mercer Arboretum and Botanic Garden.Â Open daily from 8 am to 5 pm, the park offers a lovely outdoor mini-adventure. One side shows different types of gardens in a manicured setting. Across Aldine-Westfield, the park extends to a nature preserve with picnic areas and playgrounds.
An Eastern Tiger Swallowtail swooped by us on a regular basis throughout our walk, but it only settled down once at a not-so-photogenic angle.
We eyed a lovely Checkerspot (I think).
I also spotted a hairstreakÂ but the photo didnâ€™t turn out too well.Â A grasshopper crossed our path.
Iâ€™m guessing this is a Pearly-Eye.
The name of this funny creature eludes me.
And two small ones getting it on.
Dragonflies also buzzed around.
Just as we exited the preserve, a Squash BugÂ swooped onto a branch (I called it a “Holy Schnickerdoodle” when I first saw it).
Another type of assassin bug, Zelus longpipes, wandered over my brotherâ€™s barbecue in the garden.
The roadside was radiant with Indian Blankets.