Posted 10 months ago
A quick trip to the garden just to gather something for dinner led to the joy of seeing other creatures also gathering dinner!
Sunflowers were being visited by several kinds of bees....none of them paying me any attention as they loaded up on pollen. From a distance of only a few feet, they were hardly noticeable. I was glad to get up close to watch them “work”.
I was trying to catch a picture of the birds who are plucking seeds out of the sunflower heads but they are too fast for me.
I was going to feed the seeds to the birds anyway so they are just saving me the trouble by helping themselves now.
I did have the pleasure of spotting this 12 Spotted Lady Beetle though. She (or he) makes meals of aphids so they are very welcome to visit the garden. I never use chemical insecticides in the garden because they indiscriminately kill the beneficial insects along with the destructive ones....and I’ve learned a lesson or two....such as, Brussels Sprouts get absolutely devoured by some sneaky insects who will riddle a beautiful plant overnight with holes. So the lesson was: don’t bother planting Brussels Sprouts again.
Raccoons did knock over some cornstalks and ruin some corn but I fed the remains of those ears to my neighbors’ pig.... So, no big problem there....there’s enough for everybody.
Thanks for taking a look at some of Mother Nature’s tiny creatures in my garden....a kind of “living Yard Art”.