Gardening Diary: Fascinating Bug Life

I saw two awesomely interesting things today in the garden.

First I saw a small-sort-of-dragonfly-ish bug with some sort of white stuff under it. Initially I thought he was caught in something, so I touched it with my scissors and he flew off. He landed on another tomato stake and I got a closer look.

Then I thought, is he eating that white butterfly? Or is he mating with it? LOL. You know how it’s so difficult to really tell! hahaa.

Anyway, I watched as the white butterfly got smaller and smaller, yep he was eating it. It was truly fascinating. I wished I had my camera with me!

Then just as I was nearing the end of my garden weeding, I noticed a group of ants dragging a green worm. It looked like they were stinging him, and he was violently thrashing as they carried him into their ant hole. It was like something you’d see in a horror movie, but again, quite fascinating!

It’s funny, two of the pests I dislike (white butterflies & green worms) were being taken out by other garden bugs! I love nature! Life is good!

I am glad that I decided against using BT on the cabbage. No, my cabbage plants are not perfect, but I’ve been trying to keep up with picking off the green worms/eggs, and it seems to be working. In fact, the worm quantity has been reduced drastically. I wonder if that is normal as it gets warmer? I’m still a bit leery; I keep having visions of cutting into a cabbage, and there’s green worms deep inside. Yuck. I don’t know if they eat from the outside in, or the inside out.

PS. This morning, I picked a bounty of pickling cucumbers and peas; I also picked enough oregano to share with a neighbor. I can’t wait until our tomatoes are RED!!!

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