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Are You Too Clean for Mother Nature?

By Cat
November 11, 2014

Late July and early August are a great time of the year here in Indiana. Summer is in full swing, the State Fair is just getting ready to begin, and barbecues are roaring!

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crittergarden
Nov 10, 2014 6:33 PM CST
Very nice, indeed!
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Nov 10, 2014 7:26 PM CST
Cat, thank you for this great articcle ... and nature will surely thank you for not throwing away that Green Darner larvae! Lovey dubby
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flaflwrgrl
Nov 10, 2014 7:38 PM CST
I agree
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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Nov 10, 2014 8:25 PM CST
What a great article to read this time of year.
I found out a few years back about keeping to clean. I came across Praying Mantis egg cases. Ever since I look carefully before removing spent plant material. Even moving pieces of wood, the mantis love laying their eyes on wood.
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extranjera
Nov 10, 2014 10:43 PM CST
I have a lot of dragonflies around my ponds, mostly red and blue ones. I found one of the larvae one time and it was pretty darn gross. I think I was in the pond and it crawled on me, it was a long time ago. Ever since, I've been kind of leery of their larvae. I also think the stage that is crawling around in the water is when they eat small fish. They are predators. I think it looked kind of like an underwater potato bug, really gross. Personally, I'd rather they go and breed somewhere else but I don't go looking for them to get rid of them.
A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.
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crittergarden
Nov 11, 2014 11:23 AM CST
This summer, while it was in full hibernation I suspect, a cicada attached itself to my glove as I picked up a cinder block.
Those critters hide wherever they can!
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Cat
Nov 11, 2014 3:46 PM CST
I love the Dragonfly's! They are so Alien looking along with the Praying Mantis!
Cat
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