Backyard Fire, Smoke Monkeys & The Waxing Crescent Moon

Since it is Labor Day weekend, Katelynn and Sara wanted to do something special. Kevin wants to use this weekend to get a good rest, before he’s going back to work on Tuesday. So, we’ve decided to get the fire pit out and a good fire going in the backyard. After dinner, the girls got roasted marshmallows. They still played quite some time with their sticks in in the fire, while Kevin and I kept an eye on them. When Kevin played with the dogs, he saw the crescent Moon in the background of the house, and said: “Honey, the Moon can be seen from here. It’s just a sliver.”

Robber Fly (Mallophora bomboides)

In our garden I find all kinds of interesting bugs. This time it is a robber fly, that mimics a bumble bee to get their prey confused, before they’ll catch it. Usually I see these big, intimidating¬† robber flies in our yard. They feed on cicadas and other huge bugs. But I was surprised to see this little guy/gal munching on what seems to be an assassin bug, while sitting on one of my tomato cages. After several photos, I came a little bit to close for comfort. And the robber fly flew with its leftover prey into the distance.