Category Archives: Critters

Our Garden Brings More Than Just Food….

Our garden does more than just bring in great food….it also brings in beautiful creatures! I love the way the fallen “fall” leaf went so perfectly with the wings of the butterfly.

MM3

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OH BUGGER!!!!

ARMYWORMS!

 

If there is one thing to damper the mood in our household its doing something to our yard. Our yard is by far nowhere near the nicest one in the neighborhood but we do take pride in it and try keep up with what we have. Not necessarily for the neighbors enjoyment only but for ours too. 

I had noticed these tiny little caterpillars crawling around our yard and even pointed out a few to Keagan the other day. Even that day I noticed something was a little off-while they looked like regular caterpillars, they were a little smaller and not near as friendly to pick up. They almost reared up at you or attempted to curl into a ball. Well we just got back from being out of town over the weekend and noticed several dead spots in our yard. When we looked closer we saw what is in the picture above…And it finally dawned on me, “Oh shoot…We’ve been taken over by armyworms!!!” It’s devastating to us. I went to a beautiful section of grass that obviously hadn’t been eaten yet and we even found them there too. 

This is a picture of what it looks like when Armyworms strike vs. the beautiful luscious green grass pre-armyworms: 

Army worms grass vs. beautiful grass

I have done a little reading on them and we’re going to do two things tonight before, I’m afraid, having to go buy some sort of chemical to get rid of these bad boys….First and foremost, they recommend mowing the lawn. Not only will that give them a smaller amount of grass to eat but it will also cut them in half! Yee Haw!! After that we plan on taking some soapy water with a 1/4 of a cup of fresh lime and spraying our yard with it. Apparently they must not agree with soapy water and a side of lime….And then tomorrow I’m afraid we’ll most likely stock up on whatever we can to defeat this bugs…because ARMYWORMS-this is war! 

Here are two useful links that I found about the armyworms: 

http://pmo.umext.maine.edu/factsht/armyworms.htm 

http://www.american-lawns.com/insects/armyworms.html 

The armyworm will eventually turn into a moth-seen in the picture below. My feelings for moths have gone from love to dislike in a very quick moment!! 

The ugly moth

Tomato Hornworm….What!?!?

Where did my leaves go!?!?

I walked out to check out the garden last night and saw that my beautiful pepper plants had gone from green, full, and luscious, to what you see in the picture above. I could not believe my eyes! I mean we’ve had a few pest in our garden here or there but nothing to cause great pain to our plants. This literally happened over night! I was looking around the plant, not knowing really what to expect when I stumbled upon this guy:

Is he not one of the ugliest things ever!?

I’ve done some research and apparently he is a tomato hornworm. They never seemed to come after our tomatoes but they sure ate our pepper plants up….And not just the leaves but a few bites of pepper were gone too! I hope they went scurrying off to find some water to sooth their burning throats. 😉

I looked up some organic treatments for these worms and have gotten several useful ideas. First and foremost, if you don’t have an infestation-hand picking them off is your best bet. They even suggested taking kitchen sissors and cutting them in half. Ewww…I had a hard time doing that so rather the hubs picked them off and threw them into the fire pit… Still a horrible ending but something that I didn’t have to do.

I’ll keep updates going on my battle with these hornworms. In the meantime I knew there had to be a point to these big boys lives…And of course there was. They become very large moths that play a large roll in helping to pollinate flowers that tend to bloom at night. It’s the circle of life, I suppose, and every creature has a purpose.

Wait, maybe there is some summer left….

How cool is this!!!?? I decided, of course at the end of summer, that I wanted a hummingbird feeder. I wasn’t sure if it was too late in the season but I thought, what the heck…I’ll go ahead and put it out and if nothing comes-then fine! I’ll just clean it out and put it up for next year.

Well it wasn’t long at all-I was out back working in the garden and I kept hearing something breeze by my head. I look up and it was a hummingbird (!!!). I was so excited! After I saw it once I was determined to see it again. I went and ran in grabbing my camera in hopes to catch this amazing bird again. Well of course he didn’t come back that night….But yet again while working in the garden the very next day, I was prepared for his appearance and was able to capture some on camera.

30 Days of Beauty: Day 28

For some, this picture may give you the hibbie jibbies…..I honestly had them while trying to take the picture so close. We discovered this girl on our walk around the neighborhood yesterday. And yes, she is a girl. I was standing right next to her giant egg sack! I could feel her stare on me because I’m sure I was too close for her comfort to her little babies. I bet Mama Bear was about to emerge….or rather, Mama BigAss Spider!

Anyways, she does earn a spot on my beauty challenge because she is beautiful. Her web was amazing and with her colors she’s a knock-out. Enjoy!

30 Days of Beauty: Day 26

Use what talents you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.

                                                             —Henry Van Dyke

Beautiful creatures….nasty bugs-your decision.

CHARLOTTE’S WEB:

Is she really as cute as the  movie makes her out to be??? Probably not but isn’t the web amazing! ***Note*** This picture was not taken by a stunt man but rather ME….She did start moving at one point and I am still lucky enough to have my camera in tact to be able to show this picture. To put it conservatively, I freaked out!

Mr. Jiminy Cricket:

While this was no talking cricket, or rather a grasshopper….whatever he may be….He still was a beauty of sorts and was a perfect team player while I stood so close to take his picture.