Monday, July 12, 2010


O.K., so more than just plants live in my garden. There are PLENTY of creatures out there, too. I like the Praying Mantises because they eat some of the other bugs I'd really rather not have around.

The Mantises seem to like people. This one lives on the porch and it will jump after us sometimes when we go in the door.

Julie took these pictures of him on the storm door.

Today I found this moth on the porch. I sure do hope the Mantis dude doesn't find it! It's too amazing to be lunch.

And Luca likes the porch as well. He's a very sweet kitty and came to visit Julie while she was taking pictures of the Mantis yesterday, so she took a picture of him, too. The porch seems to be a pretty popular place, huh?

There is a creature in this picture, too. Can you find it? I started to dump the water in the tub a few weeks back because it had been there for awhile, but as I started to empty it, I discovered some almost-mature tadpoles so I refilled the tub.

Even though I have heard the frog croaking and have heard it splash as it jumps back into the tub, I haven't seen it. Well, until yesterday, that is. And, using the zoom on my camera, I was able to get a picture of the big guy. He hides well, doesn't he?

Have a beautiful day!


Anonymous said...

So are you afraid the mantis might catch Luca, or vice versa? :)

~ K ~

Anonymous said...

I love the pictures of the mantis and especially of Luca!! Please love on him for me! :) What are the flowers in the pot beside Luca? Are they perennial?


Ruth said...

K - Well, Luca sure would be a mouthful for a Mantis!!! :) And Luca is such a sweetie that he doesn't bother the other creatures in the garden. Princess is the evil one that hunts butterflies, etc. :)

O.K., Anne, I'll love Luca for you! :) No, the flowers aren't perennial here, although I did overwinter some in my greenhouse. They are Calabrochia or "Million Bells." They come in quite a few different colors.