The Little Monster in My Organic Garden
by Kimberly Hartke
Is it just me, or does it bug you that Lady Gaga calls her fans “my little monsters,” especially when she is the one that looks kinda creepy? Well, I went a little Gaga the other day, when I found a little monster in my organic garden. This has got to be the strangest insect I have ever laid eyes on.
Like a paparazzi, I went madly running for the camera. “Gotta capture this for my blog!,” I shouted to my husband. I returned to the garden, the bug hadn’t budged. Started snapping the most amazing pictures, until I realized there was no memory card in the camera. ARRGH!
On the edge (of blog photography glory), I scrambled frantically to grab another camera to borrow its memory card, desperately hoping my little creepy wouldn’t be gone when I got back.
Once I had the memory card put into the first camera, I noticed the battery had gone dead. ARRGGHH again! Beside myself, I thrust the memory card back into the point and shoot camera. It would not take a close up shot. Frustrated and thoroughly defeated, I thought I had failed to take the photo of the century.
Much to my surprise, when I downloaded other pix off the card, this amazing photo was on there. Somehow, I managed to get this one shot, even on a dead battery.
Entomology is the study of insects, and according to this Wikipedia listing, they make up 2/3 of the known1.3 million identified species on earth.
Now, I need an entomologist or at least a more experienced gardener, to help me name this crawling thing who has taken residence on my oregano plant. Is this the little guy who has been eating the red chard next to the oregano? Chard, lunch, oregano, roost. If so, his commute is short. Nice life!
This weekend, when I sliced the first squash blossom to make my appetizer, a tiny little yellow lady bug crawled out. In the past, that would have been very upsetting (old mindset: bugs are dirty). These days, it made me kind of happy to know that the blossom was a safe hiding place for the pretty and popular lady bug (new mindset: bugs are evidence of healthy ecosystem). If the squash plant had been pesticide laden, it may have been more inhospitable!
Right now, as part of the Sowing Millions project, I am starting some new seeds, indoors. On my kitchen table I have organic Blue Flax, Broccoli, and Lobelia in starter pots. I received these from Seeds of Change, sponsors of an effort to get America growing organic gardens. And, today, I am going to submit this photo of Mr. Mysterious Bug aka little monster to the Seeds of Change virtual garden. Surely, someone must know this insects name!
For now, I will just dub him “Alejandro.” The perfect stage name, don’t you agree? Once this insect is discovered by Hollywood, I am sure it will inspire a scary costume for some future Sci-Fi horror flick.
Do you recognize this critter? Someone out there should be able to tell me if he is friend or foe! If foe, I then will need to research organic pest control measures that I can take, to make sure he doesn’t eat all my backyard crops!
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The Sowing Millions Project
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Please note: I wrote this post while participating in the Sowing Millions Project by Real Food Media on behalf of Seeds of Change. I received product and exclusive content to facilitate my post. My thoughts and opinions are my own and not of those of Real Food Media or Seeds of Change.
Kimberly Hartke is a health and wellness blogger, with a penchant for local foods and backyard gardening.