Tuesday, August 28, 2012


So remember the other day when I said I should clear out the weeds, in what used to be my vegetable garden?


I was standing by the kitchen window and noticed the tallish weeds waving back and forth in a non-windy way, as if something was having a stroll through them. I couldn't see what it was, so ran down to the basement where there's a dirt level window.

It was a small groundhog.

Well, that decided it. I was definitely going to make time to get rid of the weeds, because the last thing we needed was a gopher hole in the foundation.

Too late.

I yanked all that crap out and found this:

Here, I'll blow that up for you: 

Little fucker's been doing some excavating.

Anyway, I think it abandoned the hole after it realized there was no more ground cover. I'm going to fill the hole in later today (if it ever stops raining), and see if anything digs back out.

I was pretty surprised that it only took two hours to clear the garden, especially since I pulled the weeds by hand. You more satisfaction using brute force. However, the level of buggage in that mess was unbelievable.  Allow me to share:

Assassin bugs eat spiders.... I like assassin bugs.

A young katydid, I think.

I have no idea what this thing is.

Woolly Bear


There were actually dozens of caterpillars and more of those nasty wolf spiders than I ever want to see. The one above is just a regular dirt spider. Wolf spiders are much more special. They're about 4 inches across, meaty, and run fast. I tried getting a picture of one - I swear I looked away for one second to focus the camera and it disappeared. That's how fast they are. Poof! Into another dimension. Or possibly my pants.

Also, what are these? Satan's fungus?


Aimee said...

That's my nightmare! I can't believe you dug it out with your hands. I would have screamed the whole time. Love the Satan mushroom reference. I've never ever seen anything like that before. Creepy.

JenB said...

Well, I always wear gloves, but I wish I could find a pair that goes up to my elbows.

It's always an adventure living out here...just when I think I've seen it all, something weirder creeps out of the woods.

Spokey said...

that third one down over the caption: I have no idea what this thing is. looks like a stink bug to me.