Benefits of Organic Gardening, Continued

Mary Beth: As promised, here are more pictures of the lovely creatures that will take up residence in your garden when you stop using pesticides. I’ve really enjoyed the variety of bugs that have shared my garden this summer.

What a magnificent creature. The mantis is the stuff of nightmares — fierce and merciless.
What a magnificent creature! The mantis is the stuff of nightmares — fierce and merciless.
And then there's this funny-looking guy. The potato beetle is a pollinator, but it can cause a lot of damage in your garden.
And then there's this funny-looking guy. The spotted cucumber beetle is a pollinator, but it carries bacterial wilt in its gut and can cause a lot of damage in your garden.
Dragonfly
Dragonfly
Another one _ the color amazes me.
Another one – the color amazes me.
A sweat bee, I think.
A sweat bee, I think.
A syrphid fly.
A syrphid fly.

I really hit the jackpot a few days ago, though. I found a monarch butterfly chrysalis and I was lucky enough to have my camera on hand when the butterfly emerged! I’ll post the photos this weekend.

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  1. Awesome photo of a mantis. I kept one as a pet for about a week once. Named her Amanda. She sat on my shoulder while I worked in the yard. Flew off eventually.

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