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WING OF A DECEASED CICADA KILLER WASP

I found a dead cicada killer wasp during Indie’s walk today. The wing is more transparent than it appears in this photo. The cicada killer wasp is easily identified as a wasp (especially when it is laying there dead). Fortunately, Bugs is not the only thing happening in the garden right now. I do admit I’ve been a little heavy on the topic of insects lately; so, I’ll list some of the other things happening around here.

Dinner tonight: Bush beans, sage and garlic. A marinated cucumber, kohlrabi, and nasturtium salad. mmm.

The dehydrator has been running. Teas: Thai Holy Basil, Chamomile, and Lemon Verbena. Herbs: Basil and Dill. Fruit: Strawberries. Dye flowers: Golden Marguerite. Garlic in the box “as we speak.”

The crock is full. Sauerkraut.

Harvesting now: Bush beans, red malabar spinach, sunflower seeds for dye and chicken treats, cucumber, herbs and teas, flowers, kale, collards, swiss chard, kohlrabi, okra, yukon gold potatoes, golden and red beets, cabbage, carrots, peppers, eggs, honey.

Catbirds are harvesting: Blueberries and raspberries.

Almost there: Ping Tung eggplant, summer squash, and tomatoes (an almost red Besser is teasing us today…maybe tomorrow!)

All done for now: Gooseberries, currants, peas, lettuce, arugula, garlic, strawberries, rhubarb, onions.

Some time to go yet: Dried black beans, dried lima beans, dried cowpeas, butternut squash, apples and pears, amaranth, peanuts, Jerusalem artichokes.

Wondering  Our loofa plants look fantastic, however, I don’t have a single loofa developing at this point. The male flowers are going crazy while female flowers are hardly happening at all.  Lack of pollinators is not an issue here. This is a new bed with immature soil. According to this web page the soil quality may be more conducive to the male vs. the female flowers.  Interesting!

and..

(sorry) Back to bugs: The harlequin beetles are busy on the kale but being controlled with handpicking. The clumsy glitzy June bugs are blasting and crashing all over the place but doing little harm that I can see. Cucumber beetles have been doing a little gnaw on the amaranth leaves but not lethally so. The mosquitoes don’t seem to be too bad…maybe that Swamp Darner is getting them! Everything seems to be buzzing, crawling, jumping, or swooping with insects!

…maybe this is a good place to stop.  Be well!

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