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As the temperature dropped this past week, the insects were getting sluggish. mon1 I had a bumblebee get tangled in my hair while raspberry picking and didn’t even notice her until she had warmed up a bit and made some buzzing noises, once we were back in the shop. She was still slow enough that I was able to pop her into a dish and take her back outside without a problem. I also found this Monarch in the new bed around the wellhead. I think it is one of this years crop, since it was so perfect and clean. The older ones I’ve seen look a bit worn. It had come in for one of the flowers and seemed to be trying to warm up a bit before heading off. In the late season insects we also had this extremely pregnant praying mantis pm3 show up in the back garden. She could barely walk and was clearly looking for a place to lay her egg sack. I’m hoping she found a suitable spot on the property since predatory bugs are something we want more of. I’ll be keeping my eyes open for a herd of little mantises next spring!

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a pale cricket

We have a ton of crickets hopping about, at this time of the year.

recently shed cricket

(they are pretty loud too) They are the standard black garden crickets so, when I was out working in the garden I was surprised to see one with some different colouration. (and it was a very large one as well) My first thought was that it was some sort of albino or other sort of sport. I was pretty excited about it until I did some quick checks on-line to discover that the light colour is usual for one that has just upgraded to a bigger exoskeleton. The shedding process means that the new shell is soft and pale until it hardens. It also explained why it was so sluggish and easy to photograph. So, it turned out not be rare or exciting, but it was an educational experience.

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