A blog about the restoration, remodel and renovation of a 1929 Chicago-style brick bungalow

Posts Tagged ‘insects’

Monarch Caterpillars!

A week or two ago I was very excited to discover not one, but TWO monarch caterpillars on our milkweed. I can’t remember the last time I’ve seen these caterpillars in the wild — I’m sure it’s been since I was kid, and back then it seemed like they were everywhere. I saw the bigger…

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Errant Tomatoes, But We’ll Take Them!

Earlier this summer Pete noticed that a couple of tomato plants had sprouted in our compost bin and also in the alley right next to the bin. We haven’t tended to the compost much lately so he just let it go to see what would happen. (We recently purchased an indoor composter which we keep…

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It’s a Killer, in More Ways than One

We haven’t really been working on any bungalow projects lately, mainly due to heat and humidity, so I’ll just offer you a bunch of random but somewhat related news. I had a tough time searching through many bug and insect identification sites to determine what this large black wasp-like insect was, only to finally find…

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Katydid or Didn’t?

This little guy (or gal) greeted us on our way out the back door this morning. From what I can gather, it appears to be a katydid.

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More on CKW

My astute brother-in-law, Bob, sent me a little more information on CKW, or Cicada Killer Wasps. Turns out they are considered to be a beneficial insect after all! According to Wikipedia, Cicada killers exert a natural control on cicada populations and thus may directly benefit the deciduous trees upon which cicadas feed. As he points…

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Who Dug This Hole?

We’re getting ready to plant native grass seed in the side yard next to our patio. Pete dug up the last of the crabgrass and weeds last weekend and three cubic yards of leaf compost are being delivered on Saturday. Over the past couple of days, we’ve noticed several holes in this area which have…

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Swallowtail

I saw this beauty enjoying the Joe-Pye Weed over the weekend. According to Wikipedia, the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail adult males are yellow, with four black “tiger stripes” on each fore wing. The trailing edges of the fore and hind wings are black which is broken with yellow spots. On the medial margin of the hind…

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Gratuitous Prairie Photos

Our backyard prairie is in full bloom. In the foreground you see the leaves of Prairie Dock. They are literally 14″ wide by 20″ tall, while their flower is about the size of the palm of your hand. The flower stalk grows 8-9 feet tall. Here you see Purple coneflower, Sand coreopsis, Wild bergamot and…

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Mother Nature, please be nice

It’’s been a hectic week, but I really don’’t want to get into that right now. What I do want to know is this: Why, oh why is it that when we’’re getting ready to move on from our current house the clematis bloomed more than ever before? Or why did we have this abundance…

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