Ootheca #2 is the first to hatch! Ladies and Gentlemen, may I present Tenodera sinensis – the Chinese praying mantis! Mantises are loved by gardeners because they eat all sorts of destructive pests, like aphids, moths, mites, and grasshoppers. All you gotta do is hatch them, then sprinkle the teeny-weenies on your garden like Parmesan cheese. […]Read more "The aliens have landed!"
We have a dead tree on the edge of our yard. Pieces of it fall off every year (usually after a summer storm), and all that’s left is the trunk. We keep talking about taking it down…but there’s an apartment complex in it now 🙂 Red-bellied woodpeckers are oddly named, as they’ve got red HEADS […]Read more "The Pterodactyls of the Yahd."
I love this time of year, because ’tis the season of new life. Yes, birds and bunnies and blah blah blah… But also these. 🙂 You can order them from natural pest control websites, and can also find them sometimes in zoo gift shops. They are called ootheca. They each contain up to 200 eggs. […]Read more "An example of the fun and games to come."
No really. You’re gonna get schooled Rae-style. I shall tell you a tale from when I was younger…childless…and much more adventurous. Some friends and I piled into a van and drove from Boston to NYC to see the band Barenaked Ladies perform. The concert ended late, but for some reason we had to head back […]Read more "Lords and Ladies! Boys and Girls of all ages! PREPARE TO LEARN."