I chased some bugs tonight, and looked for some I did not find. Years past have shown the alien but pretty wildflower dame’s rocket to be a magnet for butterflies, especially small skippers. Not so this year. The flowers are clearly past their peak, and I have seen very few butterflies on them.
I also checked the honeysuckle bush–yesterday I saw a long-horned bee on one, but did not get a photograph. I searched unsuccessfully for any unusual bee on the plant tonight, but did not see one. Then, I saw a mostly black jumping spider, but it moved under a leaf before I could photograph it.
I saw some tiger beetles and attempted to get close enough to them to get meaningful photographs. No such luck. We have the common and widespread six-spotted tiger beetle, Cincindela sexguttata, named after the six small white spots found on most individuals. The ones we have here lack the white spots, however. Most are a light green color, but we have some dark-blue individuals. I saw several green ones and one blue one, but they all flew away before I could get a good shot.
I scared up a red admiral a few times. It would fly away, then land close to its original position after I lost interest. I did get a couple of photos from a distance, but nothing good.
Finally, I found the jumping spider again. I did get a few shots of it.
A lot of chasing for a couple of good photos. Still, I had fun doing it.