Thursday, August 10, 2006

be careful what you ask for


Living out in the country you get lots of opportunities for experiences you might not get as often in the city: 1) the desire to eat your words 2) the chance to see a great variety of fearsome and ferocious bugs!

The other day, admiring the photos on another blog featuring jewel-like dragon flies and may flies, I commented that bugs don't stay still enough for me to photograph. I was thinking pretty butterflies, elegant & twinkly dragon flies...

This morning, I stepped out my back door to see this. Touching it with my toe, I was rewarded with a rather loud noise like "cheech! screetch!". I have no idea what it is, thinking at first it was shaped rather like a cockroach -- which we don't see much of here. From wing-tip to tip-of-antennae, it must be over 4 cm long.

Anyone? (please tell me it's not a cockroach -- that's it's a catydid or something)
Speaking of bugs, I've been noticing a lot of tent-caterpillars on the wild cherries and apple trees. And I've noticed frass around the tomatoes, but found none of the dreaded horn-worms. There was also a lot of frass around the bronze fennel. I was on my hands and knees, weeding, so when I looked up, I saw the fennel has been ravaged!! Funny, the tomato horn-worms give me the shudders, but caterpillars like the monarch's on milkweed don't bother me at all. In fact, I kind of feel 'motherly' toward them, thinking: "oh good. more butterflies..eat away. get nice and fat..."

5 Comments:

Blogger Blackswamp_Girl said...

Maybe a cicada? Or a close relative? Definitely not a cockroach, though... just not, um, crunchy enough. :)

By the way, thanks for the tomato post and also for the info on lovage that you left on my blog. I actually was going to comment on your lovage when I saw that you used it in your soup, but I forgot! I planted some last year to use in place of celery for the flavor, and I love the stuff.

10:58 AM  
Blogger Kati said...

Yumm. Isn't lovage great?

12:19 PM  
Blogger Xris said...

It's a Cicada. Congratulations!

5:06 PM  
Blogger Blackswamp_Girl said...

I sometimes just munch on lovage leaves in the garden--do the same thing with the bronze fennel, too. I love how it tastes like kicked-up celery without any strings to get stuck in your teeth. :)

5:52 PM  
Blogger Kati said...

Thanks,xris, for the id. Althought I have been hearing them every summer that I can remember, I had never laid eyes on one. I'm very excited! It's easier to hop around the internet with a name than a picture to search for information.

10:46 AM  

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