It is a beautiful sunny day here today, so instead of doing what I am supposed to be, washing, dishes, vacuuming; all that boring stuff, I spent the morning wandering around the garden looking for a photo to post.
Most of the bugs are still tucked up in the warm dark places they have spent the last few cold days although I did find this interesting little guy deep in the Agapanthus.
Of course, now I have posted this I have no excuse to keep avoiding my responsibilities. Bugger.
That means I’m off to clean out the fireplace and hang some washing…. 😦
I was going through some photos yesterday and found this one of a Robber fly hanging out on the lavender that I never got organized enough to post.
We get lots of these guys in the garden, I often find them standing on the washing line wires when I go to hang out the washing. To me they look amusingly like half a dragonfly or a giant, mutant, mozzie. 😀
I am taking advantage of my previous disorganization today as my internet is still ridiculously slooooooow and posting this will only take half a dozen attempts. 😉
Robber fly, waiting for lunch.
You regular readers might remember that my first post this year was a hard-earned, although slightly out-of-focus, photo of a Blue Banded Bee. Even though it wasn’t the best photo I have ever taken it was the best one I had ever taken of this elusive creature.
That was until yesterday. In the afternoon I was doing the dishes and, as I looked out of the kitchen window, I noticed one hovering around the tomato plant on the back verandah. Naturally I abandoned the dishes and ran for my camera.
I got a few shots that I was more than happy with, and will probably post about later, but of course now I had left the dishes ‘to soak’ I decided to have a wander around the garden with my camera for a while.
It had been quite a hot day which meant when it started cooling down all the insects came out and tried to cram a whole days effort into a few hours.
When I wandered past the lavender out the front I spotted another Blue Banded Bee busily tasting the flowers and I think everyone in the street might have heard the “Woo Hoo!” when I got this shot.
This time you don’t have to believe me about the blue stripes, this guy clearly has the stripy bum they are named for!
That lavender tastes delicious!
After posting the picture yesterday of the katydid that managed to avoid being weeded, I thought I would follow-up with this photo of a tiny katydid I took a few weeks ago.
When katydids first start wandering around in our garden they are tiny, (this one was only about 5mm long) and very cute. We can see them all over the place for about a week and then they seemingly disappear. Later, they turn up looking more like the one from yesterday but I really love them when they are this small.
I found out that the reason some of these tiny creatures are green and others are candy cane striped is due to what they are eating. I am not sure what the ones who look like this could have eaten to make the so red, but knowing that makes me want to catch a few and only feed them purple or orange food…..
Tiny, but with attitude….
Over the weekend we were weeding. We are usually quite tolerant of things that turn up unexpectedly in our garden, our soil is so impoverished the rule usually is; if it is green, and doesn’t need watering, it stays. Really, if something has gone to all the effort to grow here it deserves a chance!
Occasionally though, we decide that some things have to go, and one of the things that had to go this time was all the self-seeded parsley plants that have infiltrated almost every part of the front yard.
I may have left my run too late to slow them down for next year though as they had already gone to seed. Again. I never told you I was a good gardener!
These herb-plot escapees pop up everywhere, on the edges of other flower beds and in the gaps between the pavers. If they weren’t so useful I would have to say they were a terrible weed. One advantage is that I never have to go far when I need some for dinner!
One of the plants in particular was weeded more carefully than the rest. Over the last week I noticed that a katydid had made its home in the flower heads and was seen every day just hanging around, looking for lunch, and trying not be noticed by being as green as possible.
Obviously our gardening efforts had been noticed and he was nowhere to be found when we uprooted his home. Just as well for him, many of the weeds made it into the chook run and the tasty green morsel he was would have only lasted mere seconds with those hungry girls…..
“Nothing but flowers here, keep walking”
We have had some seriously hot days recently so when today turned out to be a slightly cooler 32°c (90°F) we were not the only ones relieved. I didn’t spend too much time outside but still managed to find quite a few insects out and about, probably making up for lost time.
When I went to put some tea leaves in the worm farm this morning I lifted the lid to find this dotty beetle totally startled by the sudden light.
I helped him out with a stick and then called out the kids to have a look. (There is no way that any critter is allowed to be released into the wild without everyone getting a look at it.)
I am not sure how he made it in there, I guess he must have been hiding in some leaf litter I put in there a few days ago. He would have had a nice time in there, it is cool and damp, so I think he might be cursing me for evicting him!
Number 1 helpfully held the stick for me while I got my camera and I managed to get a few shots off before he flew off to his new life without his wormy friends.
Worm farm intruder.