Sunday, June 22, 2008

The Birds and the Bees, and Other Critters

The invasion of the Rose Chafer Beetles continues, unabated. I have considered applying for a FEMA grant, but it somehow feels as if it would belittle the actual devastation in Iowa. Here they are attacking an unopened bud.

And this is what the blossoms look like mid-attack. It is so dis- heartening. They have started in on my roses and le boyfriend's potatoes. Next they will be eating the birch trees.

I take heart that the King Birds are picking a few off, but like Henry, their appetites do not exceed the supply. We also have an influx of Cedar Waxwings, one of my personal favorites, to take advantage of the fruiting trees in the yard. Le boyfriend had to rescue one tangled up in the netting that protects the strawberries. It was quite calm as he cut the netting from his neck and wings.

The Sphinx Moths have also made their appearance. Here is one supping from a pink. His wings are beating so quickly that they disappear. I remember the first time I saw one I was confused that a hummingbird had 6 legs. I have gotten a little smarter since then.

Here is a Swallowtail having a grand old time in the Bath's Pinks. I saw five at once on this stand of flowers. They were also humming with bees.... pardon the pun, or not.

1 comment:

LYC said...

You certainly have a knack for catching the animals in action. Everytime I try to take a picture of the kitties they run away or turn their heads....not hams are they...if only you could get that kind of effect on Rose Chafer Beetles....