The ladybugs and praying mantis are hatching everywhere! Throughout the yard there are lady bugs at different stages of maturity. They especially like hanging out and courtin’ on the sides of the raised beds.

The few dozen lumpy, brown mantis egg cases that are scattered throughout are being nibbled away and hundreds of tiny little mantises are appearing. So watch out aphids and other bad critters – the beneficial guys are in town and ready to rumble.Mantis egg case

Still no sign of the caterpillar – we had so wanted to watch it pupate. Came across thisneat slide show on a caterpillar morphing to pupa stage instead.

Weather Report: Dreary mornings, partially sunny afternoons – on the cool

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