Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Bug Week

I have a deep love of nature and all that lives around us on the farm. Bugs are a natural love, as they are often weird, wacky and stay still long enough to get a photograph of!
While some may find them icky, they are a good signal of what is going on at the farm on a microcosmic level. Every year I discover new insects I have never seen before. Some pests are like regular friends, while new ones show up each year. Monitoring allows us to make changes if needed to take care of our plants and flowers.
Here are some of our funkiest.
Eastern Black Swallowtail Caterpillar

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly
 Ok, the caterpillars and butterflies are pretty regular visitors on the farm. But the next two- I had never seen before in my life!


Slow, large and Alien like- this Bush Katydid is known for their courtship song

To be perfectly honest, at this point, and hours spending time researching it. I haven't figured out this bug! Any help?

It's hard not to point out the multiple types of bees on the farm. There are so many in different sizes and colors. It is wonderful to watch them. We don't have any hives, but there is mainly wild bee populations around in the woods. Take time to observe what is around you- from the tiny to the tantalizing, they are all a necessary part of the ecosystem.

Happy Bug Hunting!
Amanda

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