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ImagePoochella
Feb 9, 2010 1:35 AM CST
Name: Annie
Western WA Zone USDA 7b
Relax. It's only a small setback.
Lots of spiders visit our dahlias throughout the season. Little crab spiders come in white, pale yellow and green here. They are generally shy and skitter away to hide in or under a petal. As soon as I find a photo of one, I'll be back....meanwhile, here's our dog on the couch!

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ImagePoochella
Feb 9, 2010 1:39 AM CST
Name: Annie
Western WA Zone USDA 7b
Relax. It's only a small setback.
Here is one little such spider on My Love.

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ImagePoochella
Feb 9, 2010 1:48 AM CST
Name: Annie
Western WA Zone USDA 7b
Relax. It's only a small setback.
Chimacum Cathleen and visitor

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ImagePoochella
Feb 9, 2010 1:53 AM CST
Name: Annie
Western WA Zone USDA 7b
Relax. It's only a small setback.
These are really lustrous silvery pistachio green caterpillars seen once in a while, but they are voracious eaters and can wipe out a good portion of a bloom in just minutes. That bloom was Alloway Candy.
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ImageYoyo_Jo
Feb 12, 2010 9:13 PM CST
Name: Joanne, too
Calgary, Alberta
Bees on Pooh. LOL.
Oh, I sure hope my tuber survives...I really like this one.

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ImagePoochella
Feb 12, 2010 9:24 PM CST
Name: Annie
Western WA Zone USDA 7b
Relax. It's only a small setback.
Love the bees on Pooh, Jo.

I reordered two Poohs this year after losing it a couple years ago. Great flower.

Bee on 'My Love' (sounds like a 'Who' composition doesn't it?) It's a scruffy looking bearded bee who sat there for hours barely moving.

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Imagequeequeg1
May 24, 2010 5:06 PM CST
Name: Carrie Ferhatovic
Pinellas Park, FL
GAwd-you guys have the cutest darn bees. We never get anything so fuzzy and cute here.
Beautiful picture of Chimacum Kathleen, though the visitor will give me nightmares for a while. I hate leggy things.
Caterpillar is way cool-looks very Alice in Wonderland-esque. It looks fake.

Well, my pic doesn't really count, but it is on the stake of a dahlia and it was red, so I just had to capture it. Got one shot before he flew off.

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ImagePoochella
May 25, 2010 1:57 PM CST
Name: Annie
Western WA Zone USDA 7b
Relax. It's only a small setback.
Red dragonflies always count! Frogs would work too. We've got bright pink and red rhododendrons in bloom right now and the air is frequented by zigging zagging little hummingbirds. I've had them land on stake tops once in a while probably recouping from color overdose trying to decide which flower to check out :) I do love the garden creatures except for earwigs and moles.
ImagePoochella
Aug 15, 2010 4:52 PM CST
Name: Annie
Western WA Zone USDA 7b
Relax. It's only a small setback.
Located the enemy encampment- earwig napping on a leaf this a.m. I dispatched him.
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A lightweight spotted spider camped out on Weston Spanish Dancer foliage.
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A tiny head-of-pin sized white spider either webbed up this leaf curling it into a dead-end street for lunch, or took advantage of a curled up leaf and walled it off with thin cottony webbing, also to trap lunch. Wish he'd catch earwigs!
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Old photo of my favorites: the crab spider. They aren't around yet, but will be in droves.
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Evidence of caterpillar. Several leaves on this plant were worked over from the outside in, but I couldn't find the culprit. I don't know where they hide.
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ImagePoochella
Sep 29, 2010 10:04 PM CST
Name: Annie
Western WA Zone USDA 7b
Relax. It's only a small setback.
Everywhere is tied to somewhere else with spider webs these days. I'm in awe of how far a single strand of web can float through the air to anchor somewhere. They're so pretty, especially with dew, but so annoying to walk through, especially when monsters like this one protecting its prey are lurking.
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Imagetgarland
Aug 26, 2013 7:59 AM CST
Name: Tim Garland
Boise, Idaho
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ImageMaryNZ
Aug 26, 2013 3:33 PM CST
Name: Mary St George
New Zealand

Great colour combination, Tim. Is that the kind of bumblebee you have there?
My photos are licensed CC BY (Attribution). More Dahlia photos here.
I also spend time in FB Dahlia groups at http://www.facebook.com/groups/363854624030/ and http://www.facebook.com/groups/dahlias/
Imagetgarland
Aug 27, 2013 7:58 AM CST
Name: Tim Garland
Boise, Idaho
It is one kind. We also have the bigger ones that are about as big as your thumb. I seem to have quite a variety buzz through the dahlias.
mandolls
Aug 27, 2013 9:29 AM CST
Name: Geof
WI
I have more bees this year than I have had in a long time, mostly bumble bees, but also honey bees.

I got this pic this morning. I am hoping he will take care of some of the aphids I have seen lately.

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ImageMaryNZ
Aug 28, 2013 1:15 AM CST
Name: Mary St George
New Zealand

Your dragonfly is awesome. We occasionally get green ones which have blown over from Aussie, but most of ours are black: http://www.flickr.com/photos/stevex2/5450318024/
My photos are licensed CC BY (Attribution). More Dahlia photos here.
I also spend time in FB Dahlia groups at http://www.facebook.com/groups/363854624030/ and http://www.facebook.com/groups/dahlias/
ImageDarcyD
Aug 5, 2014 6:27 PM CST
Name: Darcy D
Green Oaks, Illinois
A lady and the Colonel:

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ImageDarcyD
Aug 5, 2014 6:32 PM CST
Name: Darcy D
Green Oaks, Illinois
mandolls wrote:I have more bees this year than I have had in a long time, mostly bumble bees, but also honey bees.

I got this pic this morning. I am hoping he will take care of some of the aphids I have seen lately.

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Awesome!! I got a pretty good shot of a huge one on the kids soccer goal net. I so wish it were on a flower instead!

Imageteddahlia
Aug 5, 2014 6:53 PM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
I am envious of your macro skills. One of these days, I may try some macro shots. I would have to borrow one of my kid's lenses as he has one that is supposedly pretty good. I understand you need to manually focus also. My 67 year old eyes may not be up to the task. Do you use a tripod?
“Flowers are like friends; They bring color to your world.” – Unknown
ImageDarcyD
Aug 5, 2014 7:20 PM CST
Name: Darcy D
Green Oaks, Illinois
Thank you, Ted. It's therapy for me. I actually enjoy the post processing part a lot, too. You can get creative & be more artistic rather than sticking to "how it looks in real life".

If you can get that lens, holler at me. I'd be happy to walk you through it all. It's not hard, just takes patience. To solve the eyes issue, I take a series of shots always...adjusting ever so slightly each shot. You do have to focus manually. Your depth of field is razor thin in Macro, so you can have one part of a bug in focus & just the other side completely blurred. So, you can stack shots...or change your aperture. But, it's a give and take.

I do not use a tripod with bugs, ever. Too hard to move quickly. I sometimes will with other things, like water drops. But, I find it to hold me back too much & I have a super steady hand anyway. If you are shooting in daylight, you can get away without it. Night shots or low light shots you would have to use one or they wouldn't work.
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anniecan
Aug 5, 2014 8:23 PM CST
Name: Annie Luck
Apex, North Carolina
BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN TH
Darcy, keep on posting your incredible photos! I am loving this eye candy...even the bugs Big Grin

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