I spotted this little fellow on the underside of an oak leaf. This is a nymph of an assassin bug in the genus Zelus. If you look closely at the largest picture in the collage below you can see a feeding tube called a rostrum tucked under its head. It uses the rotrum to puncture the body of its prey and inject saliva that contains enzymes to kill the prey and liquify the innards so it can suck it out. That brings a new image of "feeding tube" to mind!
While taking these photos, a red squirrel in a walnut tree began fussing incessantly.
It kept a close eye on me and the cats (Max and a neighbor's cat that we call TK) as we made our rounds. No way we were going to be able to sneak up on anything.
Not too far from the red squirrel and the assassin bug is the flower bed with the hollyhocks. The 6 feet tall hollyhocks have been blooming all summer. Their white and yellow flowers are not particularly large or striking but they do have a certain charm. At least the deer think so, and unless I spray a deterent on them, they never get a chance to flower. I think the deer like the flower buds best of all. The hollyhocks are also favorites of the bees and bumblebees. And it sure looks like the bees do a good job of pollinating them; just look at the lovely seed heads!
With all of those seeds, the deer should have plenty of flower buds to snack on next year.