Giant wasp on chitalpa blossom
Our chitalpa that sits in the middle of what we call the "Circle Garden" finally leafed out and is blooming. It got cold damaged in a late, hard frost in 2005 and now stays dormant until it's sure it's safe to leaf out and bloom, which is mid-to late June. It just looks dead for a couple of months while everything around it is fully leafed and blooming. Once it decides to bloom, however, the insects, hummingbirds and lizards love it.
Chitalpa in the center of the Circle Garden
Some type of ladybug foraging on the buds
These giant wasps are very impressive. There were some normal sized black and white wasps buzzing around, but they wouldn't land, so I wasn't able to photograph them.
A tiny grasshopper timidly peeking around a stem
A fly and a beetle foraging
Another type of ladybug scurrying around on the leaves
Another type of fly foraging on the edge of a blossom
A curious lizard hung around close to the trunk of the tree while checking me out