Life On and Off an Acreage

In-sights into moving from an Acreage back to Town, plus a few things I find of interest.

Two things that horses are scared about:

1. Things that move
2. Things that don't move

June 1, 2013

This and That.. More That

After working in the garden most of the day, digging and planting potatoes,onions,lettuce, spinach, I decided to do a bit of a walk about in the lower pasture.

This anthill was not there last year. 

 The bumble bees were busy
 This little butterfly plus a whole bunch more just like him were flitting around.
 A few Tiger Swallowtails were flying around.
 Then there were these guys, zillions of them all over the place. It must be the year of the worm.

 More of the horrible little critters! I don't know what eats them. The only time I saw anything chewing on them was a hunter spider. (See last year's blog)

There are a few things to do in the main garden, but they can wait for another day.


TexWisGirl said...

those are future butterflies, i think. maybe black swallowtail?

TexWisGirl said...

okay, they're apparently forest tent caterpillar moth larvae. whew!

The Dancing Donkey said...

Oh no, those are tent caterpillars. They generally have a 3 year cycle in an area and they cause massive devastation in those 3 years. We had them here a couple of years ago and many of the sugar maples in the area are not going to recover from it. They are dieing off in massive numbers. If people aren't aware of them in your area yet, you might want to get in touch with your version of DEC and let them know. There are some things you can do to protect your fruit trees, but you have to act fast.

Alica said...

What an ant hill! Don't think I'd want to mess with them!

Montanagirl said...

Beautiful bee and butterflies!

Amanda Pope said...

Good to know about the caterpillars have to keep that in mind,usually we have the green ones that like to eat.Ants geesh I can't stand those.we have the big red ones here and we have a 4 foot area out front that has millions running in and out but none in the house thank goodness.

Bernadine said...

Beautiful photos of the bees and butterflies. Can't say the same for the caterpillars.

Michelle said...

Beautiful photos and that is quite the anthill!

Debbie said...

some beautiful captures....i like them better as butterflies!!

and the bee is WoW, talk about focus, it's awesome!!

Terry said...

Ian, I love your close-ups!

Barefoot from Heaven said...

Hellooowww my friend. How are you? These pictures are just amazing my friend. I thought of sending out a couple of wasp ones.....ugh yours are way better. What kind of camera and lens are you using...??

Well hope the ants don't build them houses to high ;-)
And the little creepy little buggers iieeeee I'm not much into them.

Well happy times to you and sooo glad to see that all the snow is gone.
Hugs and be well.