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Creatures great and small

By Laurena Mayne Davis

Creatures great and small


We’ve had our share of interesting winged visitors to home, lawn and garden lately.

Some have been helpful, such as this praying mantis, who patrols planters by our front door and hunts in nearby potted basil:

Some have needed help, such as this frightened hummingbird, which became trapped in a garage and was freed by my husband, Scott:

Others have been puzzling, such as this giant, nocturnal beetle, whose size we tried to indicate in the photo by tossing a quarter near him/her. Note to self: Giant beetles don’t like having coins heaved in their direction. You should have seen how quickly we back-pedalled:
 

Thanks to Google and Larry Robinson, co-owner of Mount Garfield Greenhouse, we’ve determined that this nearly 2-inch beetle is a wood-borer. We found it near our wood pile, so I’d like to believe it was feasting on dead wood and not our live trees. Did you know that an estimated quarter of the world’s animals are beetles? If they ever decide to join forces, we’re in trouble.


 

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