Anyway, below are several bugs that were found over the weekend, in a sinlge stroll through the garden. Believe me...you have them too, ya just have to find them.
Here's a big, fuzzy caterpillar. From my childhood, I quickly learned to NEVER pick up a caterpillar that is fuzzy, or even spiked. Most sting the crap out of you! Believe me, it hurts.
Photo below - here's a white fringed beetle, and these things are everywhere. They are attracted to over 300 different types of plants, and the larvae overwinter in the soil. From my personal experience, they are mostly found around the peas, beans, potatoes, cucumbers, and okra.
Photo below - this little stinker was hanging out in the new cucumber section, and was quickly disposed of. Just look at it sitting in my hand...now, how could something like this be gross to pick up? No gloves necessary, contrary to what ribbit and ShawnAnn believe. Ha!
Photo below - stinkbug. These things have arrived in full force, and can be found mostly on the okra plants. On any given day, at least a dozen of them can be found. Still, no insecticides are used, as it's quite easy to just hand-pick them.
Photo below - here's some "different" eggs located underneath an okra leaf. I bet they belong to the stinkbug, because it's the only one I haven't seen when hatching.
Photo below - Remember the worms that were wreaking havoc on the tomatoes a while back? Well, now they're on the okra plants. These little devils can really eat some foliage!
Photo below - That's enough "bad" bugs....let's talk about some good ones! Here's a little assassin bug, and I must have found 4 or 5 on the watermelon vines. These things are pretty cool!
Photo below - this little bee was just hanging on to a cucumber leaf, and I thought it was strange that it wasn't visiting blooms. Who knows, maybe it partied too much. Ha!
Photo below - as the beans were being examined, I came across this beneficial insect. Mantids are something that everyone wants have in their garden, as they eat other insects. It was probably the biggest one this year!
Photo below - on the same trellis of beans, was another one! Cool....It was giving me the "eye", too! Maybe it wanted me to pick it up, too? Well...I didn't want to scare it away....
In other news, I pulled the last remaining watermelon yesterday, and the taste was so-so. However, there are still lots of cantaloupes and honeydew melons in the garden, and one should be ready in about a week. It's still raining everyday, and as of yesterday, it has rained 14 days in a row. Crap....My tomatoes are cracking again - with no end in sight.
Later this week, I have a couple of videos coming up - one with me and Jude throwing/catching the frisbee, and another showing the harvest of one of the sweet potato plantings. You'll not want to miss them! The amount of sweet potatoes in that first container was quite a surprise!
Take care, and happy gardening!