Visitors and Residents

At the very last moment while harvesting raspberries the other day, my eyes focused enough to realise that the berry I was about to grasp was in the possession of a very large (but thin) spider that was just waiting to bite me – at least that’s how it played out in my head.  Since then, I’ve been rather wary where I put my hands (and feet) when I’m in the garden as bugs kinda creep me out!

Creep factor notwithstanding, bugs are a gardener’s friends.  Since (or because of) my near-bite experience, I’ve become more aware of quite a few visiting and residing insects and I’m glad to see them, in a rather twisted sort of way.  It’s a rather simple concept really, just like humans, insects want to live comfortably.  They need food, shelter, water, and the assurance that their young have a viable chance for life.  When these things aren’t available, they move.  So basically, a garden with insects is a healthy, happy community.  Of course, a balance between pests and predators is required.  So, to some extent, I can live with a few holes in my leaves – as long as the stay away from my lettuce!

There are a few predators that visit daily; namely, dragonflies, that are just too fast to get a good picture of.  I always ensure there’s a shallow dish of water around for them; although the wasps seem to have claimed it for their queen.  Oh well.  There’s a type of wasp that predatorial, and I’m hoping mine are since they’re drinking all my water. I’d also like to see a praying mantis or two; but I’d like to see it before I actually touch it because I think that might even beat a wasp sting.

Anywho, check out who’s been flitting around my little patch of green this week.

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About A Bahamian In Austria

I am a Bahamian woman, married to an Austrian man, who's been freshly transplanted to Vienna. I started writing this blog when a dear friend insisted that I had to write down my experiences. At best it'll update my buddies on my crazy-going-ons and at least, it'll keep me from stalking them online (LOL). I hope you enjoy :D
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