Even though I’m out numbered by the bad bugs something like 592 gajillion to one, I still have my friends the predators and pollinators to help in my continuous war in the garden. Yeah. I know I’ll never win. Just think of me as the gardening Alamo.
Here’s some insects on my team this morning.
The Jarrahdale pumpkin from yesterday has it’s flower fully opened today. Little bees are doing their thing early in the morning along with bumble bees and butterflies. I’m not clear on where the Jarrahdale originates. Maybe New Zealand. There must be some powerful attractant in that pollen. Bumble bees seem to get drunk on the stuff. Maybe the weight of the pollen stuck to them affects their ability to fly with precision.
A big, fat praying (more like preying) mantis is gorging on the aphids in the watermelon patch along with the lady bugs. This big gal just experienced a morning blast to the patch in a feeble attempt to knock down some of the aphids.
Birds do their thing by gobbling up the worms and caterpillars. Wasps and spiders do their part as well. And I believe the absence of rodents in the garden can be credited to good ol’ Pumpkin and an occasional owl.
Do not rest easy bad things in my garden. My team is hungry.