Updates from the studio of Valerie Johnson
Tons of all of the above and grasshoppers-big guys and even bigger to come (4-5" ones)!
Great pictures! I don't mind wasps, bees, etc. But I do NOT like spiders, snakes, and those zillion-legged creatures (one of which I whacked with my shoe the other day in our upstairs bathroom). It has been so damp and grey here that we are getting more of the zillion-legged things and also a TON of slugs. The slugs are interesting - looking like leopards, but they creep me out too and they are not good for the garden!
Oh GAHHHH yes and some not so sweet.I am covered in no-see-um bites this week. The wee-beasties are out in swarms. We've also had termite swarms this week. That is GROSS!!!! So far, I've only seen photos in the news. I haven't had "personal" experience with them, thank goodness.
Lovely buggy pics. My chives are in full bloom and absolutely covered in little bees. They are so sweet!
It's open season on the beautiful luna moths at the moment and the outside kitties are making me so mad. I try to rescue the pretty things but they keep coming back and getting eaten.
Some of our creepy crawlies are down right huge and scary.....that's all I'm going to say.....I try not to think about it.
OH My yes. BUT I have yet to see a firefly here in Lake Geneva. Maybe this weekend as it is getting humid. I can't wait to see them light up my woods and yard. We have wasps but they are behaving and I only see a few. I do think the brown bag is working on mine. I have dragon flies and big wood bees. A spider got in the house yesterday...its now in the trash. sorry spider. I am seeing yellow butterflies. Many of them this morning on my neighbors lilac
Eek...spider! Okay, got that out of the way. Mosquitoes, we've got plenty! And I've noticed more little bright green crickets around. I attend a Monarch Butterfly habitat seminar next Tuesday; I will do what it takes to bring more butterflies into the yard.
Ever since I saw a wasp drag a cabbage worm out of a head of cabbage in the garden, I have considered them friends, but the kind of friends one keeps at arm's length. I used to see a lot more pollinators in my yard. I worry my neighbors are spraying their yards. :-(
A bumble bee flew into the conservatory today, it was sunny and I suspect she was looking for a good overwintering hole. Luckily she flew out again, our conservatory has too much cat to be safe for a bee.
Come to think of it, I haven't seen many bees either. A few bumblebees and a couple wasps. Hmmm... wonder why that is?Robin
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