One in Adelphi, Maryland, one in Wildwood, Florida, one at the US National Arboretum with a grandfatherly interest in many more around the DC area (unless noted, pictures are taken the day of post)
Thursday, August 2, 2012
"All right Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up."
We put a little organic fertilizer out today on the roses, the gingers, and the bananas. By which I mean Katie put the fertilizer out during the course of which she found this excellently large Wheel bug. It wasn't till after we did research that we realized we ought to have been more careful handling it. That vicious beak imparts a worse sting than a wasp, hornet, or yellow-jacket. The Wheelbug injects enzymes through it to digest its insect victims; those same enzymes can cause long term pain and injury to humans. They are serious insect predators so we were happy to see it. Actually we think that this one is a female because they are larger and we don't want to consider the fact that we could be sharing the garden with a bigger version of this!
There's something about this damned bug that calls to mind movies: can you say Skeksis?