Today I was admiring the yellow daisies. They look so bright and cheerful. We have three big clumps of them in the front yard. I thought maybe I'd lay down in them. As I got closer, I realized there was much more to see than just the flowers themselves.
The first thing I saw (and heard) were honeybees. They seemed to like the pollen and there were quite a few of them on the daisies. Did you know that one pollen granule contains from one hundred thousand to five million pollen spores? No wonder that the Moody Minstrel gets hayfever! Anyway, it's a good thing I didn't lay on the flowers, I might have been stung.
Then I saw a green beetle with white spots. It looked like it was eating the flower as it had its head buried in it.
Before long a spotted butterfly called "Kitateha" showed up, flitting around and sometimes landing on a flower.
Butterflies in general are called "chou" in Japan. This one landed on a flower next to the beetle. They didn't seem pay any attention to one another. In fact the beetle was so busy, I don't think it even knew the butterfly was there.
The kitateha left, but before long another "chou" came by called "Monshirochou". It was white with grey and black parts. It moved around a lot more than the kitateha.
I moved around to the other side of the bush and saw something pretty scary. It was a dead bee laying on a flower. Also on the flower was a brown spider called "gazami-gumo". He was ugly and scary looking, especially since he had just killed a bee! He hung the bee off the side of the flower using web. I guess so other bees might still come to the flower, which he could also catch. He sat on one side of the flower with his front four legs together in pairs and the other under his body. It made him look like a piece of dead flower.
I saw another bee collecting pollen and wondered if that one would be foolish enough to go to the spider's flower.
I decided I'd seen enough and went looking for Pandabonium to see if he would play with me or scratch my belly for a while.