Monday, June 21, 2010
In the Heat of the Summer I get Visitors
As the summer dials up the oven temperature all the little creepy crawlies (entomological treasures for some and 'unable to ignore' pests for others) have begun arriving along with their families. While hiking in a nearby woods I came across this little 'nest' of orange baby spiders. I could find momma no where in sight. I blew gently on the group and they spiraled down like miniature parachute jumpers in a delicate dance closer to the ground, but soon returned to their home when the carbon dioxide 'breeze' stopped. (Click on photo for closer views, of course, and remember they are just photos!)
This little congregation of aphids in the photo below was holding their late spring war convention in the green lobby of my back yard the other day. They were discussing strategies and priorities I am sure. Which area to invade first might also cross their tiny red brains. I didn't kill them because they were meeting far from my flower beds...perhaps planning their attack on the newly planted roses? I leaned closer but could hear no battle plans.
As I my face filled their blue sky, oddly enough, they look like they were circling the wagons preparing for a bird or wasp attack perhaps.
And of course, I cannot leave this post without posting at least one photo of the hundreds (thousands?) of pollinators that are humming around my sage and my lavender and everything else that has blooms. They are drinking all the summer honey wine and usually hanging on in a gluttonous stupor the next morning covered in the mist of cool dew. These guys hit the bar all day everyday.