Lots of critters out in the garden today except not so many snails. The strangest thing spotted was the moth sitting next to the snail. At first i didn’t know it was a moth. Then I thought it might be dead because it just sat there for a long time. Finally I brushed it lightly with a twig and it flew away.
Today was the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. However, the first day of summer felt almost like fall in the Netherlands, with showers and cooler temperatures — good for snail hunting!
These pics were taken on 18 June. I have heard a about bagworm moths and the “houses” their larvae make out of twigs and other materials, but I have never seen one…until today! Today I was tickled to find two of them in the garden!
The bagworm moth larvae collect small plant materials and attaches them around itself to make a nice little home. The bagworm moth larvae are mobile. It drags around everywhere it goes.
Additional garden pics from today
A favorite spider of SHI is the Cross garden spider, with the magnificent, iconic cross pattern on its back. It’s an orb-weaver spider. Cross garden spiders are beneficial to gardens because they eat pests. They might look frightening and creepy but they are harmless to humans. This spider rarely bites unless provoked, and the bite is mild.
Additional garden pics from 15 June
Today’s garden pics include more ants milking aphids, speckled bush-cricket nymph, Japanese beetle, and a green bottle fly.