Hello Dear Friends!
|© 2011 Donna L. Watkins - Golden-backed Snipe Fly|
Okay, maybe coming to love bugs isn't so amazing to most folks, but having had two traumatic experiences with bugs as a young adult, it was amazing to me! So when we moved into our first home that had woods all around it, I asked God to change my mind about bugs.
|© 2011 Donna L. Watkins|
First Instar Nymph Stage of a Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
We don't use chemicals and insecticides in our habitat because of the birds, so I'm always looking for new bugs to learn their names and whether they be friend or foe.
Stink bugs aren't known to be a friend, although there is a predatory stink bug that is. This guy is creating a lot of problems in our area of the country with crops and gardens. We don't have a problem since this is actually the only one I've seen in my many wanderings around our garden. I doubt many of the eggs and larvae survive the harvesting of all the bird parents searching for baby food.
Besides, one person told me he had an invasion of stink bugs in a home he was building in Pennsylvania. When the house was left for a period of time, spiders seem to build webs everywhere and by the time they returned they noticed oodles of dead stink bug remains beneath the webs. I love it when nature is balanced enough in an area to make things right.
|© 2011 Donna L. Watkins - Mating Leafhoppers|
However, I'm willing to bet it was one of the birds that placed the order since we've got many feeding wide-open mouths all day long. We have chickadees, purple finches, sparrows, titmice and wrens that love to eat leafhoppers. So, it's always wonderful to see a tiny bit of the "whole picture" of how God designed all of this to work, here in our own backyard.
On Sunday I was amazed to see a number of new additions to our habitat. This time of year everything seems to duplicate itself and on Sunday I had plenty of evidence in the baby birds that were at various stages of growing up. The red-bellied woodpecker baby was still chattering away trying to convince it's mother that it was going to die if she didn't put one of those bugs into its mouth that she as digging from the bark of the dead tree no more than 2 inches beside the baby. Get a clue, little one. Watch and do as Mama does.
|© 2011 Donna L. Watkins - Click for Larger View|
Baby Brown Thrasher Exploring the New World
The Morning Light Made the Oak Leaves Look Orange in June
My favorite delight of the day was to see a young Brown Thrasher. He wasn't out of the nest but for a day or so and he didn't have a fear of me at all. I could get within 6 feet of it which I certainly enjoyed for the view, but not for its sake. Although I'm quite certain the parent was nearby and knew it was a safe situation. One day we will have birds on our arms, critters lying around our feet, and our heads on a lion's tummy as we gaze at the beauty of Heaven.
June 25th is this year's annual Great American Backyard Campout date. We didn't know about this event when our son was growing up, but it's never too late to have a good time. Besides, this is the year for my 60 new adventures, so why not!?
We no longer have a tent and I don't think I'd make it sleeping on the ground for more than 10 minutes with this current body, so we're going to adapt it to sleeping on the screened porch on our chaise chairs. Adapt and be flexible, right? Here's an article with activities you can do while you're "camping out" in the yard, especially if you have children to keep entertained. You can make this a neighborhood event by getting other families to do the same ... choose one backyard and sleep under the stars and remember a bit of your own childhood delights. Surely you didn't lose all your curiosity and childlike joy of the outdoors.
One of the things we've been wanting to do is to hang a white sheet or blanket up with a light shining on it to attract bugs. This is easily done on our deck with teh lamp that's on the wall. We'll just put a white blanket below it. There are some beautiful bugs out there, especially moths. When I was in Costa Rica at La Selva Biological Station, they had a place built with a roof and a white canvas with a light shining on it. There were some very interesting bugs that showed up there, so it was a favorite place to check-out at night since it wasn't but 50 feet from my cabin. One evening I saw a huge beautifully designed Orizaba Silkmoth. Such things cause me to realize the amazing endless creativity of our Heavenly Father.
|© 2011 Donna L. Watkins - God's Glory in Morning Glory|
May God's peace overtake you on your most stressful day!
Love and Hugs,
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