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They are not being killed by the plant-if they die from being drunk then that might be a happy death-I wouldn't read anything into it at all-there are plenty more to take their place
What colour and size are the insects in question? Are they definitely dead or could it be gatherings of blackfly etc?...
If you could take some pictures of the insects and post them on here for us we might be able to get to the bottom of this mystery!??
One thing that did go through my mind is if they could be the corpses left by the 'Flower 'Crab spider' (Misumena vatia)? This little spider is a voracious hunter and uses flowers to ambush it's prey! It is a really interesting little fellow as it also has the ability to change colour (within reason) to camouflage itself against the flower it is on! Bit if a long shot but a distinct possibility and this year has been extremely good for the 'flower crab spider' in my garden, however they seem to favour Astrantias as their hunting ground here!!.... If it turns out to be something like this then it is a big positive for your "wildlife garden" as they're all part of the gardens' 'eco system'....
Here's a picture of a 'Flower Crab Spider' on my Astrantias, have you seen any of these on your Astilbes?....
Very interesting and we might be onto something here!!?
I wonder if anyone else has any other ideas as it does sound as if they could be left over dinners from some form of predator don't they??
Hi higgy, Thanks for the photo, I've seen plenty of these in my garden this year as well, didn't know what they were called. Weird things, a bee was going into one of my snapdragons and the spider crawled out
Hi higgy - yesterday I saw one of these spiders in my garden too. I think that's problem solved. Thanks
Glad to be of assistance! It's the wonder of creating a wildlife habitat, you get to see such diverse wildlife from tiny insects up to new birds and even mammals depending where you live!
I have to say that I love nothing more than walking around the garden looking under the plants etc to seeing what I can spot! A quick photograph and look in my reference books or search on here generally identifies it! My four year old loves spotting all the bugs also so she's getting a great education and enjoyment from the garden as well!!...