Unexpected Happenings

Today I went in search of ladybugs. I knew from my last encounter with them that they were hanging out on the burdocks in the meadow behind the school. 

Hello There

Hello There

I had a harder time finding them, so I was pretty excited to find this lone one. He climbed up and down the burdock bud before he finally gave me a chance to get his photo. 

After finally nabbing that photo I explored the field for more insects and came across this red clover.

Red Clover

Red Clover

Of course, there wasn’t just one flower, but a whole bunch. Then I noticed there was a skipper on one of the flowers. What I didn’t realize was that he had been caught by another insect.

Caught

Caught

What exactly caught him, I don’t know. I didn’t realize that the skipper had been caught until I got home and zoomed in. The attacker was so well camouflaged that I didn’t even notice him when I took the photo.

It was a wonderful surprise to photograph something that shows the life cycle of nature.