I’ve been falling down on the job here! It’s been ages since I have posted photos of bugs.
But first, a few birds. Here is a beautiful Crimson-Backed Tanager in our front yard.
One day I saw this Crimson-crested woodpecker on the other side of our chain link fence.
We also have Gray-Headed Chachalacas which the locals call paisanos. Small groups of the tend to hang out in trees making delicate peeping sounds almost like baby chickens until they get excited about something. Then they can make a heck of a racket! The other day I saw some in a bare tree beside our yard.
OK, now on to the bugs. This is one of the more bizarre things we’ve seen. Joel was clearing some weeds next to the house when he hollered “Come over here. The ground is moving!” The ground was indeed moving and when he dug down a little more, he uncovered this huge grub. That was Friday, and it’s still there. We buried it back in the dirt like we found it, but since then it has had the tail end sticking out, and sometimes moving. What on earth is this thing?!
We have also had a fairly large beehive in the orange tree, or at least fairly large for the little bees that build these hives. Yesterday I found it in the grass where it apparently fell. There were no bees but some ants were scavenging a few larvae and bits of the hive. It is very delicate, like delicate paper so I don’t know how long it will last, but at the moment it is hanging up on the gate of the terrace.
I was doing some weeding yesterday and saw so many interesting little bugs, I had to get my camera with my macro lens.
So, that’s just a little bit of what I have been seeing in the yard lately. It got a bit overgrown when I was gone and of course, with all the rain we have been getting everything is growing. But, I enjoy working outdoors where I often see interesting and beautiful wildlife, large and small.