Back to the hollyhocks.
Have you ever seen a newly-hatched praying mantis nymph?
I must admit I wasn't optimistic I would find much in our yard on January 3. It has been cold in the morning and insects aren't usually active when it's cold.
Not to shabby for a winter day.
Did you guess the identities of the milkweed insects from last week? Let's check.
2. The red and black one insect might be hard to tell from this angle, but it is a true bug. A little one with two white dots in the wing is a small milkweed bug, Lygaeus kalmii.
3. This one was tough because the photograph isn't very close. It is an assassin bug, Zelus renardii. It is probably waiting for a bee or fly to capture.
4. I think everyone recognized the praying mantis. In this case, it is the Mediterranean mantis, Iris oratoria. (See previous post).
6. The pale green oval at the end of the hairlike stalk is the egg of a lacewing. (Life cycle in previous post).
At this time of year, the butterfly will probably migrate farther north to lay its eggs on another milkweed plant.
We're glad it stopped by.