Last night, this happened!
Sights from around Crooked Acres.
Juvenile assassin bugs, clustered on the back of a plant ID tag. I think they stick together like this for a little while right after they’ve hatched, and then go their separate ways. They are utterly adorable.
The Habanero plants have finally started producing peppers… but they don’t look like any Habaneros I’ve seen before. They’re all about twice as long as the ones we usually see. I thought maybe I’d planted some unusual variety, but they’re plain old regular Habaneros, so I’m not sure what’s going on. Maybe they’re trying to make up for their slow start.
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So. Dolores. You know, one day last week I looked at her as she was eating some bug or another, and I thought “Huh. Ol’ Dolores is getting kind of voluptuous again. I wonder what’s up with that?”
The very next day, I went outside to find this.
This little guy has been hanging out near her web for a couple of weeks now. I made a joke about him courting Dolores, and then Fred suggested that maybe he was just hanging out to grab any insects that got caught in Dolores’s web. Now I’m wondering if Dolores has tasked him with protecting her egg sacs. I’ve named him Wayne. I’ll be curious to see if Wayne sticks around.
So after leaving those two huge egg sacs securely fastened to the side of the garage, Dolores has disappeared. The day after that second egg sac appeared, she was gone and her web was taken apart. I prefer to think that she left Wayne in charge and went off to seek her fortune in the back forty, but I’m guessing that she really went off to die.
You better believe I’ll be keeping an eye on those egg sacs. Wayne seems kinda shifty; I’m not sure I trust him.
2014: “Oh, hey. Is it nap time? I think it is!”
2013: I love this picture so much. Arya’s like “Oh, don’t look at him. He’s just showing off.” and Norbie’s got the determined, crazy eyes.
2012: The Terrible Pickle is having Deep Thoughts.
2011: No entry.
2009: In other words, I think he’s back to normal.
2008: Death of a watermelon.
2007: No entry.
2006: No entry.
2005: No entry.