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    Quote Originally Posted by Col. Fryght View Post
    That is such a cool idea. I mean that sounds really cool. I would love to see pics if you have them.
    Afraid I was much more interested in the bugs at the time...and there was so much bee activity my daughter was afraid of the house, so, no pics.

    This is a sweat bee that preferred to come to the russians.


    Huntsman (more commonly known as daddy long legs, but NOT a spider, and not to be confused with the huntsman spider)



    Longhorned bees would be sleeping on the sunflowers every night/morning until they warmed up in the sun.

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    Is it possible after just two male flowers showing up? This early start has really been exciting. I will not let it grow because the vine is just 5 ft with no meaningful side laterals. But I have never had a pumpkin after just two male flowers. And this was one of the plants that I was going to cull.

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    UO, since you mentioned bugs, I saw one of the coolest bugs of my life. I wish I had taken a pic. It had a light silver body and at the top of it body it had two giant black eye markings which were just for show. It looked like a fishing lure similar to the one below but the body was a shimmering silver grey with no real markings. Apparently it was a eastern-eyed click beetle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kdestra View Post
    6:45am. Found a Leaf Footed Bug. We trapped/killed it. Is it me or is it WAY to early in the year for these
    F’ers?!?
    The invention of stucco seems to have introduced breeding grounds for all true bugs, allowing them to overwinter and emerge earlier.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Col. Fryght View Post
    UO, since you mentioned bugs, I saw one of the coolest bugs of my life. I wish I had taken a pic. It had a light silver body and at the top of it body it had two giant black eye markings which were just for show. It looked like a fishing lure similar to the one below but the body was a shimmering silver grey with no real markings. Apparently it was a eastern-eyed click beetle.

    Beetles are my absolute favorite bugs. I know butterflies get all the love, but I find beetles beautiful. Good news is that's a predatory species, eating less desirable things in your yard.

    That said, here in the west, the painted ladies have gone freaking insane this year. (video is for California, but going on here in Utah too)

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    I put in several different varieties of sunflowers last year. I didn't notice whether they attracted different pollinators, but that would be interesting to watch for.
    Some of the big ones develop such heavy heads that they'd tip when the ground got saturated and it was windy. The root systems were just too small to hold them down, even though some of the stems felt almost like baseball bats.
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    Since we have some beetle fans here---- I've only once seen an eyed elater myself. Funny thing is, it's an Eastern Click Beetle, and the only one I've seen was when I was little kid and we were on that family road trip out west. (I knew it when I saw it, from my Little Golden Nature Guide.)
    But, along the same lines, I did get to see a way cool click beetle earlier this year, on the Osa Peninsula. Their normal markings aren't as pretty, but they amaze me. This one's eyespots are phosphorescent, and it glows so brightly you could read by it. It also has red phosphorescence under its elytra-- wing covers. It doesn't show when they're sitting or crawing, but when they fly they show red light, too, like a little airplane.
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    It has been a very wet April and May. Seeds I just planted 6 days ago are already a couple of inches tall. Attached are progress photos of my garden for this year: Seedlings of pumpkins, squash and corn; Big Max pumpkins starting to flower; and a special treat of vining wild roses among native plants that look a lot like baby's breath. The wild roses mysteriously appeared about 10 years ago. Not sure where they came from as I never planted them. To make it even more creepy all my dead pets (fish, gerbils, hamsters, birds, fancy rats, etc.) are buried underneath them.
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    Holy Pumpkins! What state do you live in Skeleton Crew?

    Thank you for all the Beatle info. I love them. Especially the June Bugs. Their gleaming green in the sunshine is beautiful.

    The Cedar Waxwings returned to the Mulberry tree. I’m so happy. I was worried about them.

    Attached is a photo of the black iris. I’ve been growing them for over 10yrs.
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    Ugh. It is raining yet again & expected to rain all day Mother's Day. I haven't planted by bed yet but there's no point if it's just going to rain for 5 days straight.
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    Wow, I finally decided to check in for the first time this year, and we’re already 29 pages in!!! What a great start!

    I just started preparing my garden for the year, and man am I glad that is done! I spent 2 days getting all of the weeds out, and tilled the entire area. My goal is to till it two more times before I plant my seeds the end of May. I was planning on buying seeds from johnnys seeds, but decided to purchase them from a local nursery instead. I believe a have about 7 different varieties I’m going to try this year. I believe I’ll be direct sewing the seeds this year since I plan on having around 40 plants this year.

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