Things here have been pretty interesting lately. Although we must laboriously take in the morning fog, distant mountains, overloaded fruit trees, and starry night skies, we are finally able to look past all that lavish beauty and see the other strange things that are happening around the farm. So far we've seen mating Luna moths (as seen in previous post), a tomato hornworm with parasitic wasp eggs in its back (yes, this happens), a self-grafting tree, a wild Puffball mushroom, a snake skin hanging from our kitchen rafters, a praying mantis, a wasp attacking a cicada, exceptionally weird mud dauber wasps that collect spiders in their mud houses and parasitize them with their eggs, and a bee hive in the base of a tree. Here are just a few pictures. Hopefully I can take more. But not of the spiders. Terrible.
I apprenticed on a farm in southwest Virginia from April-October 2010. This blog contains all the anecdotes and observations from that adventure.
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