Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Romps on Yellow-Peach-Orange Hibiscus

Planting Hibiscus shrubs is a good bet if you want to welcome fauna into your garden. The shrub itself would be a vibrant microcosm of fauna activities.

These hybrids are showy but are ...
 more prone to mealy bugs infestations.

Six-legged critters love hibiscus flowers to distraction; they are crawling all over the buds in great anticipation.

This stink bug is about to try out some acrobatics ... to reach its object of desire.

A beautiful floral escapade for this bug.

A favourite activity of Carpenter bees is bud-hugging while soaking in the sunshine.  One of their favourite perches are Hibiscus flower buds.

They can indulge in this the whole day with only very few short breaks of nectar sipping on flowers such as the Thunbergia Grandiflora. I've not seen them partaking of the nectar from the Hibiscus.

 A double-petaled variety.

Some unidentified crawling insects milling around.

Another solitary critter peeking out at the world, prefering to be far from the madding crowd.

“Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eyes level
 with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain.”
- Henry David Thoreau

Single petal variety; Hibiscus rosa sinensis 'Madeline Champion'

A sunbird swinging on the flower stalk of the hibiscus.

Alas, the blooms last only a day but  a new crop will make an appearance on the shrub the next day giving the illusion long lasting blooms 


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