Blue Jays Love Peanuts (2)

This morning the blue jays went bonkers for the peanuts, I laid out for them. There was a lot of commotion going on in our trees all day. One of the jays always has to be the announcer: “HEY EVERYBODY! THERE ARE PEANUTS, AGAIN!!! WE FOUND MORE FOOD! … BUT DON’T TELL ANYBODY!!!!” 😀 Silly birds!

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.

Zippy, The Garden Spider

A few years back, I made a new friend in my greenhouse. While I was looking for my scissors to cut some dying leaves from a plant, I discovered this zipper spider near my tools. It was minding its own business, while I watered some plants and promised me to be a good helper by catching and eating pesky bugs.

Chippy, The Young Fox Squirrel

In May, I posted about a young Fox Squirrel. Back then, we still named it “Baby”. Sara insisted, that we name the squirrel “Chippy”. Chippy loves to come for lunch and dinner in our yard. Zoey, our new dog, is going bonkers, when Chippy sits in one of our trees or on the back patio. Chippy doesn’t seem to be bothered, as long as Zoey stays behind the patio door.