Beau July 14th, 2008
Beautiful weather this week with cool mornings and warm days. So different from previous year’s drought that many plants and flowers are still blooming. Hard to believe we’re in the middle of July already. But I’ve heard the first cicadas for the year already. It surprised me yesterday while was walking the property.
Lots of other insects out now too. Here’s a neat looking Katydid of some type on the young boy’s hands. Doesn’t its wings look just like a leaf? He found it and wanted to pick it up. First he asked, “Does it bite?” “Ah, no it’s like a grasshopper,” I reply. “Does it sting?” he wants to know next. “No, it can’t sting,” I say. “Okay then,” he says, and picks it up for a picture.
Of course other bugs are not so pretty. Here’s a
Great Black Wasp I think, sitting on a milkweed leaf. This one was about an inch and a half long! According to Ted of Beetles in the Bush, this is actually called a mydas fly, probably Mydas clavatus. He posts a little more about it below. Isn’t it great that other bloggers will stop by and help clarify confusion! Nature’s rhythm is in full swing with many insect species out now.
And our honey bees are still at work on a host of different flowers. I found another reason to let the grass grow a little longer. Seems that the clover blooms a lot more if I let it, and the bees go right for it. Maybe we’ll have a little honey this year after all.