Making a feast of the garlic chive flowers. Image: Su Leslie 2018

Last autumn, a large clump of garlic chives in my garden flowered prolifically and proved incredibly popular with the neighbourhood bees.


Bee buffet. Image: Su Leslie 2018

I spent part of one afternoon mesmerised by the sheer number buzzing around the flowers, and trying to capture the scale of the feast with my camera. Photos just don’t do it justice, and I didn’t think to switch to video mode.

Less enjoyable, but no less fascinating, last year I watched a preying mantis make short work of a monarch caterpillar. It really was a bit gruesome, but of course not all of nature’s creatures are as attractive as bees.


Preying mantis devouring Monarch caterpillar. Image: Su Leslie 2017

Or perhaps vegetarianism is easier to watch.

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