We’ve recently had a variety of insect friends (or enemies?) come visit.
First there were the humping beetles on the grape vine. You just never know what you’re going to see in the garden. Just another example of how the garden can be used as an educational opportunity. I was amused with these amorous insects until I realized they were also eating and damaging the grapevine. Boo to you, humping beetles.
Then there was the mighty ladybug, in all her aphid-eating glory. A common but assuring sight in the garden.
I’ve also found several caterpillars hiding under fallen leaves in the garden. They’ve all been the same type, and so far I haven’t noticed any damage that they’ve done. But I am beginning to utilize my caterpillar-squishing authority (even thought I don’t like it) to preempt any attack.
And then we went grocery shopping. As we were checking out Charlie noticed a shopping cart tag-along who had apparently been riding with us the whole time. Why hello there, little praying mantis!
Knowing the store was not an ideal mantis living environment and much preferring it to live in the garden and eat some bad bugs (like the aforementioned humping beetles), we carried him home in a Starbucks cup and let him loose on the grapevine. Mantis vs. humping beetles, who will win?