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July 1st, 2018

“Insects are less conspicuous and less glamorous than songbirds, dragonflies or hedgehogs are the foundation from which a healthy wildlife garden is built. The American word ‘bugs’ contributes to a profound misunderstanding of the importance of insects as part of the chain of life. The more varied the garden’s insects population, the healthier it will e. Without a healthy insect population, the whole food chain of birds, mammals and flowers starts to fall apart. Not only to we want more insects, we need them.”

Monty Don in Down to Earth

I love this and have always said all insects are good, even if they are one’s we don’t want to see in the garden. This week I’ve been seeing lots of insects I don’t necessarily want to see, but they’re part of the ecosystem. I’ve seen: cucumber beetles, squash bugs, mosquitoes, deer flies, but also butterflies, bees, tiny native pollinators, and so many more.

What insects are you seeing this week?

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  1. Nebraska Dave on July 3, 2018 at 8:42 am

    Susy, since we have been getting plenty of rain this year, stagnate water pools have been prevalent.. As a resulut mosquitoes are on the rampage. Fortunately mosquitoes don’t like me much but those around are having a terrible time with them. Since they come out in the evening and at night, outside activities during those times are limited.I’m not sure how that benefits the garden but the bats sure like it. I don’t know where they come from or where they go but I do see them on occasion diving and swooping over head in my neighborhood. I suspect the infestation could be worse if they weren’t on patrol.

    Have a great healthy garden bug balance day.

    Nebraska Dave

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