Whilst it might seem like sawflies should have been in the flies post, sawflies are not actually flies. They are a group of insects related to wasps and bees. Their name is due to the saw-like ovipositor the adult female uses to cut into the plants where she will lay eggs. Adult sawflies do not… Continue reading Sawflies
House Flies may not bite, but they are more than an annoyance because they delight in unhygienic places. Muscid flies and their maggots mostly breed in manure. They live for around 30 days during warm weather, but can live as long as five months. 90% of all flies in dwellings are House Flies. Unfortunately it… Continue reading True Fly Don’t Follow Me!
I have been doing some research into some of the pictures I took last year of bugs that I didn’t recognize and yet again I am amazed by the miniature dramas that we rarely stop to see. I thought I had discovered quite an exotic bug and certainly one I didn’t recall seeing before. It… Continue reading A Zealous Battle
I have talked about our swamp plants, our native plants and some of the plants that grow in our wildflower meadow; the Tufted vetch (vicia cracca), clover and the White Hepaticas. The Hepaticas is a native plant, but the Tufted vetch and clover are not. We have so many plants that are not native, but… Continue reading Wildflower Aliens
I am enjoying the calm after the winter storm. The sun is shining and the hope of spring coming soon returns. A few days ago the snow was melting and I got to see a few areas of my garden peeping through the snow. Now we have a white blanket covering everything again. But it… Continue reading Native Plants
We made our annual winter visit to the cottage a month early this year. We had a pile of snow last week and then warmer temperatures this weekend, so a perfect recipe to snowshoe in. It turns out that the winter has been so mild this year that this was the first amount of snow… Continue reading 3rd Annual Winter Visit
I have noticed that there are several lovely swamp plants thriving at the cottage. Unfortunately they cannot be seen from the cottage, so they are not something that I can encourage for the flowerbeds I am trying to cultivate. However, I love checking in with them and watching them as they grow and bloom. I… Continue reading Swamp Plants