Today was very disheartening. I set out to do a complete property-wide Lepidoptera survey and could not find any of the caterpillars I'd identified thus far, nor any new eggs or larvae! I imagine I have the birds to blame - many birds are feeding their second and third summer broods and fat, juicy larvae make for some nutritious meals.
I walked around the pollinator garden this evening and was excited to find a beautiful assassin bug (he had black and white striped legs that looked as if he were wearing tights)...as well as this remarkably camouflaged ambush bug! Motionless, cloaked in the blossoms of our culver's root, he waits to reach out and grasp some unwitting visitor. I wonder if he has been successful?
I discovered the very same insect in our pollinator garden last year...on the underside of white coneflowers. He is definitely a master of disguise!