Daily Archives: August 28, 2010

Creatures Great and Small

This year I am being tested. To be quite honest, I’m not sure how much more I can take. Seriously, I can’t win! My last home the most I had to worry about was blight and Japanese Beetles, which I have here as well. Although the beetles weren’t near as bad as they have been in the past.
First it was bacterial wilt which was being spread by cucumber beetles. Wipes out ALL of my cucurbits.
Then I have an infestation of Eastern Cicada Killer Wasps which are reported to be non aggressive, unless you are me. I can not tell you how many times I have been CHASED out of my garden by the females!  Probably doesn’t help that I am allergic to bees and I’m sure they can smell my fear! But seriously, can you blame me? Just look at the size of these suckers!
They’re quite a beneficial insect as they control the Cicada population. This year I have tons of Cicadas so I can only imagine their numbers if the wasps were not around. But that still does not mean I like them!
The beginning of August my cat unexpectedly dies and a bunny up and moves into my garden. Decides it’s now his personal smorgasbord. I’m so not cool with that or his ever mounting piles of poo!


He chows down in my garden till I get too close to his tomato safe haven and then bolts out OVER the rabbit fence and into the mess of cone flowers behind the tool house!
This week I have discovered Tomato Hornworms. This tomato shows some of the damage they do.
Nice Huh? At first I was picking them off and tossing them into the outside covered trash can. After a bit of research I’ve learned the white sacks covering their backs are actually braconid wasp pupae that eat them! Woo Hoo!!
I have more caterpillars than I can count!
I believe these two are Black Swallowtail in their first instar.
maybe a Virginian Tiger Moth caterpillar
Tiger Swallowtail cat in my fennel
Cabbage Worm


And when you have lots of caterpillars usually a few weeks later you have tons of butterflies!
What I thought was a Comma Butterfly is probably a Question Mark Butterfly…thanks Tree!
Tiger Swallowtail
American Painted Lady
maybe a female Black Swallowtail
I think this one is a Spicebush Swallowtail.
possibly a male Black Swallowtail
Monarch Butterfly
I have Colorado Potato Beetles on my eggplant
Scoliid Wasp in my mint.
pretty Ailanthus Webworm Moths
and my reason for growing so many sunflowers…the American Goldfinch
I’ll be back soon with a post on whats growing in my fall garden as well as whats being harvested from my summer garden!


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