A nearly native plant habitat garden located in northeast Georgia in eco-region 231 (Southeast Mixed Forest Province) zone 7b on 10 acres of meadow and forest habitat. I’m Karin, gardener, photographer and writer. I hope you enjoy a little taste of Georgia and will come back and visit often. xo!
Apparently my Brown Turkey Fig is THE place to hang out if you are one of the "bad boys" in the garden. I use this term loosely because I actually love having all these insects around!
I found this praying mantis tucked away on the underside of a fig leaf.
She watched me closely turning her head to keep an eye on me at every angle.
This baby katydid camouflaged herself very well. Can you see her? Her body is aligned with the stem of the fig leaf and her legs are spread mimicking the veins on the leaf. Very clever indeed!
This larger katydid was simply trying to blend in hoping I wouldn't see her. She kept very still while I poked my lens in her face.
This one wouldn't have any of it and decided to saunter off to find a quieter place.
These bearded robber flies really took a shine to each other. And you guessed it, on my fig tree! (A shout out to Elachee Nature Center, my local nature preserve, who helped identify these flies for me.)
Here is a closer look at this cool insect. They feed on other insects especially deer flies and horse flies but also flying ants and grasshoppers. They overtake them in flight at high speeds. I can tell you they made a lot of noise when they came in for a landing.
The large leaves on the fig tree make an excellent landing pad for the winged creatures in my garden and a great hiding place for those predators waiting to attack their prey. Not to mention it provides delicious fruit for us (and the birds).