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Post  Scorpio Rising on 2/21/2016, 9:20 pm

Marie, they are fairly common around here in deep summer, really dramatic and huge!

https://www.google.com/search?q=luna+moth&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en-us&client=safari#imgrc=Dj3U3schn9eDFM%3A

Gorgeous!  I love moths and butterflies!  And after reading "Bringing Nature Home" Tallamy; I know I am going to be planting more native species to encourage the natural balance of things to  bring back into balance the predators, plants that I want, pests, which it turns out are a huge part of the larger food chain, and which is why you need to plant enough to have some throw away.  Really good read.    study


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Post  AtlantaMarie on 2/22/2016, 8:32 am

Really? I'm so jealous.... That's the only one I've ever seen. And your description is spot-on!

I'll have to keep an eye out for that book. Thanks!
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 2/22/2016, 10:40 pm

Got it on loan from library, inter library loan thing. Skimmed it for the most part, I know why kudzu is bad, but there were really some interesting "non-native species" that Inthought were native! Very disconcerting. Just because something has been here for a very long while does not make it native.

That was a new and different concept to me. And the description of how the native bugs, birds, mammals, up the food chain all depend on native plants is amazing.

Great ecological read. And back to the basics. Excellent!

"Bringing Nature Home" by Douglas W. Tallamy

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Post  sanderson on 2/23/2016, 1:37 am

SR, Post your new book under Winter Reading?

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Post  countrynaturals on 4/12/2016, 11:57 pm

Praying mantis in my milkweed last year. They can be good guys in some gardens, but they eat the caterpillars and eggs of the butterflies, so I had Hubby relocate this one to the far edge of the property.(Image is not upside down -- the mantis was.)


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Post  hammock gal on 4/13/2016, 9:09 am

Not so strange, but a fairly constant companion in my yard. Here he is in the bush that's in front of the faucet at the back of the house. He startled me as I went to turn on the faucet, but I guess I didn't startle him too badly, cause he stayed put while I went to get the camera. He'd found a good spot for a sunbath. He was about 2 1/2 feet off the ground, so he's a good climber!

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Post  camprn on 4/13/2016, 10:08 am

Oh MAN! I really wish I had snakes in my garden.

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Post  hammock gal on 4/13/2016, 11:38 am

camprn wrote:Oh MAN! I really wish I had snakes in my garden.

Are you sure you don't? I don't actually see them very often, I just hear a rustling and figure that's them wriggling away. Or sometimes I find a snakeskin in the flower bed.
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Post  trolleydriver on 4/13/2016, 2:00 pm

Mrs TD would freak out if she saw a snake in the garden.    affraid
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Post  camprn on 4/13/2016, 2:37 pm

hammock gal wrote:
camprn wrote:Oh MAN! I really wish I had snakes in my garden.

Are you sure you don't? I don't actually see them very often, I just hear a rustling and figure that's them wriggling away. Or sometimes I find a snakeskin in the flower bed.
Yes, quite sure.

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Post  countrynaturals on 4/21/2016, 10:07 pm

My latest visitor is a volunteer cuke from a compost pile I left in a container. We needed the compost for the new garden, so she had to be relocated.

The reason I called her "she" is because she came with 2 foster baby ladybug larvae.


Pretty kewl, huh?  Cool
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 4/21/2016, 10:13 pm

Very very kewl! Loves my benies!
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Post  sanderson on 4/22/2016, 2:41 am

Kewl photos.

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Post  BeetlesPerSqFt on 4/25/2016, 12:50 pm

Strange and wonderful visitor/resident: Baby firefly (aka larva) in the Summercicle radish square!
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Firefly, as in "catch fireflies in the evening?" Neat. First time I saw them was 2 summers ago in Missouri.

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Post  BeetlesPerSqFt on 4/25/2016, 10:30 pm

sanderson wrote:Firefly, as in "catch fireflies in the evening?"  Neat.  First time I saw them was 2 summers ago in Missouri.
Yup. As youngins they crawl around looking for, among other things, slugs and snails to eat. So not only do I get to enjoy them as flashy adults this summer, I also get natural pest control.  Smile
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Post  landarch on 4/26/2016, 10:17 am

too rainy here lately for pics...but I saw the first baby praying mantis of the year in my sugar ann peas.  There were a couple sacs overwintering on the cattle panel trellis.
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Post  countrynaturals on 5/10/2016, 7:26 pm

This one is strange, but might be so wonderful. While moving dirt from one container to another, I found this chrysalis.

I brought it inside to wait for something to emerge, but it's probably a bad guy -- some sort of hummingbird moth (hawk moth). They're fascinating to see, but their larvae are some kind of tomato hornworms.  affraid
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Post  countrynaturals on 5/10/2016, 7:29 pm

California Sister! It's one of my favorite butterflies, but rarely seen in our yard, and when they do stop by, they're gone in a flash. This one just happened to land on one of my cukes while I had the camera in my hand. Not a very good pic, but still the best I've ever gotten.
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Post  countrynaturals on 5/12/2016, 4:39 pm

California Hairstreak. Last year we had about a hundred of these tiny butterflies in our ligustrum bush when it bloomed. It's just starting to blossom now, so I'll be watching for more of these babies.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 5/12/2016, 10:27 pm

BeetlesPerSqFt wrote:Strange and wonderful visitor/resident: Baby firefly (aka larva) in the Summercicle radish square!

So very, corrugated! We have lightning bugs here. My cousins growing up in other parts of the country were always so fascinated! They are über kewl.
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countrynaturals wrote:This one is strange, but might be so wonderful. While moving dirt from one container to another, I found this chrysalis.

I brought it inside to wait for something to emerge, but it's probably a bad guy -- some sort of hummingbird moth (hawk moth). They're fascinating to see, but their larvae are some kind of tomato hornworms.  affraid

Beautiful. Sometimes there is enough to share, but those tomato hornworms are voracious! And hard to see at first...
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Post  BeetlesPerSqFt on 5/12/2016, 11:33 pm

Wonderful - though not so strange (except perhaps the part where we have stern conversations...)


I think this batch of baby bird food is a junebug, 2 worms, and maybe a caterpillar. The nest is up under the deck, adjacent to the garden. That means the parents get nervous/cross when they want to go to the nest but I'm 'in the way.' "Tut-tut-tut!" they say and say something back like "I'm not in the way! You can fly!" and "I don't eat robins!" or "I already know your nest is there. Just get in there already!"
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Post  sanderson on 5/13/2016, 3:45 pm

I have a pair of mocking birds building a nest in the climbing rose.  They picked up 2 remnants of trellis netting for the nest!  This is the long one.  

I need to dead head the April roses before she lays her eggs.  They are into the fluffy lining stage of the nest building.

The nest is to the right of all these beds with trellises/frames.  The good thing is they eat tomato worms.  Talk about a bed and breakfast.

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Post  countrynaturals on 5/13/2016, 4:42 pm

cheers  Sanderson. Do you have some yarn scraps you could put out to help with their nest building?
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