In May, I purchased a praying-mantis egg case from a local nursery and put it out into the garden. A few weeks later, the eggs hatched, and initially, several hundred baby praying mantises were clinging to my plants.
I have spent a good amount of time this spring searching my yard for insects. I have a new book in the works with Timber Press about beneficial insects and am shooting many of the pictures myself.
My son and I found the strangest insect in our house the other day. It was climbing on the woodwork around the front door. Since working on my most recent book, I have come to greatly appreciate bugs and pay careful attention to the ones I find in my garden. This one, though, had me intrigued.
Stupid stinkbugs have ruined my corn! I was so excited to harvest my Jade Blue sweet corn, but when I peeled back the husk, the kernels are all shriveled and warped. The foliage is completely covered with stinkbugs and the white splotchy damage caused by their feeding.
While I was out in the garden, I came across something very interesting that I learned about while researching my book, Good Bug, Bad Bug, but I never had the opportunity to see in my own garden.