Gardening for Wildlife forum: Do you notice patterns in insect presence?

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Name: Brenden Reinhart
Flushing Michigan (Zone 6b)
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bhart90
Jun 7, 2016 8:01 PM CST
I do, been living out in the outskirts of Flint Michigan my whole life, and as a kid, I spent 85% of my time, in our field, with all the creepy crawlies, or anything I could catch.

As years go by, I notice trends in species.

I remember there was a single year. Just one year.. when praying mantis were the "top dog" , the field. Then there were a few years when I would be able to easily find walking sticks.

Then I recollect seeing one of those lobster hummingbird things... (which STILL scare the . Out of me!).

And, then, a year with shamrock spiders.
Another year with EXCLUSIVELY garden spiders, which my brothers and I, used to call skull spiders with the resembling markings kn it's back.

No more rambling, I promise!

Maybe not...

As I prepare for my second year in rearing monarchs from egg and caterpillars, I am noticing the dominant "chosen" one this year.. which is....

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It, will be a challenge for them this year, bad roll I suppose..

BUT GETTING TO THE POINT.
Does anyone else ever chime in on these waves by year?

And what was it, or they?

Thank you.


-Brenden
Brenden
Name: Cheryl
Brownstown, Pennsylvania (Zone 6a)
Native Plants and Wildflowers Organic Gardener Region: Pennsylvania Bee Lover Butterflies Dragonflies
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nativeplantlover
Jun 25, 2016 9:33 AM CST
Ah cute little Argiope spider?? It really DOES look like a skull. I have to laugh to think that you believe hummingbird moths are scary! Anyway, yes I sure have noticed when certain critters have a banner year.

Everybody knows about the 17 year cicadas with the black and orange bodies and red eyes looking something straight from a horror movie especially when they get this strange fungal disease called Massospora cicadina. It leaves them with only half a body but zipping along like nothing has happened. Many years ago my daughter and her friends enjoyed catching these kind and calling them: "buttless" and "gutless"

You Tube video about this: Why Don't These Cicadas Have Butts?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDBkj3DjNSM


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"My work is loving the world. Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird — equal seekers of sweetness. Here the clam deep in the speckled sand. Are my boots old? Is my coat torn? Am I no longer young, and still not half-perfect? Let me Keep my mind on what matters, which is my work which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished." — Mary Oliver, from Messenger
Name: Brenden Reinhart
Flushing Michigan (Zone 6b)
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bhart90
Jul 3, 2016 9:42 PM CST
Wow. Crazy. We're you ever terrified of any unusual thing growing up, haha
Brenden
Name: Brenden Reinhart
Flushing Michigan (Zone 6b)
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bhart90
Jul 3, 2016 10:20 PM CST
nativeplantlover said:Ah cute little Argiope spider?? It really DOES look like a skull. I have to laugh to think that you believe hummingbird moths are scary! Anyway, yes I sure have noticed when certain critters have a banner year.

Everybody knows about the 17 year cicadas with the black and orange bodies and red eyes looking something straight from a horror movie especially when they get this strange fungal disease called Massospora cicadina. It leaves them with only half a body but zipping along like nothing has happened. Many years ago my daughter and her friends enjoyed catching these kind and calling them: "buttless" and "gutless"

You Tube video about this: Why Don't These Cicadas Have Butts?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDBkj3DjNSM

wow, just watched for 45 mins, her videos are addicting


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Brenden

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