The most common insects I saw on stem tips were click beetles.
Here is a photo of another click beetle perched on a leaf tip. There are a couple of small shiny black beetles off to the side. I suspect they are some kind of leaf beetle.
Oh, who would expect to find a sleeping bee in the late afternoon? While many bees were busy visiting Spring Beauties and Bluebells, this Cuckoo Bee was hanging on the tip of a stem by its jaws... sleeping.
photos of a Cuckoo Bee hanging by its jaws in this unusual sleeping posture.
Here is an assassin bug nymph feeding on its prey. Was the fly "sleeping" on the tip of the leaves when it was ambushed or did it land too close to the nymph? Perhaps the nymph was well camouflaged on the buds when the fly happened by.
This damselfly was well hidden as it rested on some unfurling buds.
Look at this incredible sight... A male Dance Fly clinging to a branch with two legs. With the rest of his legs he's hanging onto his mate and her nupital gift. All the while he's using his head as a prop.
Reminds me of another gift.... if you call writing a masterpiece a gift.
Basically, in a letter to a French Lady, Ben wrote of overhearing the conversation of some Mayflies. He says, "... I turned my head from them to an old grey headed one, who was single on another leaf, and talking to himself. Being amused with his soliloquy, I put it down in writing....".
That soliloquy ("overheard" by Ben) is a brilliant piece of writing about Ephemera.
Mayflies... an ephemeral marvel of May.
Well, that's some of what I saw as a result of stopping at the willow patch. May I remind you that someone had taken my planned parking spot... otherwise, I may not have seen what I did in the willows that resulted in this series of posts.
What Happened In The Willows, Part One
What Happened In The Willows, Part Two
What Happened In The Willows, Part Three