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    August 10, 2007



    LOL at you chasing butterflies! They are tricky aren't they? Good job on the one on your hand. I have tried that left handed shutter click and it's not easy. As for that gold bug...I call it the Midas touch beetle. It eats holes in the leaves of my sweet potato vine so it's not good but it is pretty. Also, one day after your recorded 88 F at 7:00p.m. it is 53.6 F as I sit here at 3:03 in the afternoon. The ponds are smoking and my feet are cold! It is raining which is a good thing! What is up with this? I know, global warming!


    How well I remember my kids running shrieking into the house over a dragon fly!
    You are to be commended on your final acceptance of Nature.
    Somewhere in your parsley you'll find little dots - your finger butterfly has laid her eggs and is looking for a safe place to rest.
    In Florida, we call those 'joined' insects
    'love bugs'. They make a terrible mess on cars, etc, in the Spring. Could they be relatives?
    The gold beetle, however, is lovely no matter what it eats...did you know that in Victorian England ladies would often fasten a live decorative beetle to their lapels?

    Heather's Garden

    Layanee - that 88 was actually Wednesday night as I wrote the post for Thursday. Yesterday it was a lovely upper 70s day. Today it's 55 and pouring at my house. 1.5 inches of rain so far. I can't believe I'm wearing jeans and a hoodie and I'm still cold. I'll kill the next Midas Touch beetle I find because the sweet potato vine has finally stopped dropping leaves and I want to give it every opportunity to thrive.

    Mom - no I didn't know that Victorian ladies would fasten a live decorative beetle to their lapels. How would they do that? Wouldn't a pin through the beetle kill it? Ick and double ick.


    Here's an interesting little bit of trivia -
    Victorians absolutely loved bugs of any kind.
    They collected butterflies by the millions, and as a nation were responsible for wiping out several species due to over-harvesting.
    Drangonfly and beetle motifs were also predominate in Victorian jewelry and clothing.
    In fact, live bugs were often tethered by their legs with either a fine thread or a slender hair looped around a lapel brooch or a stickpin - all in the name of mi'lady's


    I love the shiny beetle. I've seen that one before but only on blog hope to see it one day in person.

    BTW the Red Admirals are the friendliest of the butterflies and commonly land on people. They're great to attract if you have kids because they'll sometimes land on them or near them.

    Heather's Garden

    Mom - things certainly were different in the Victorian age.

    Mr. Brown Thumb - thank you so much for identifying the butterfly for me. Reading about Red Admirals makes me think that maybe the fact that the males are so territorial is what is preventing me from seeing many other kinds of butterflies. I'll be featuring another type of butterfly in a post this week -- maybe you'll be able to identify it for me too.


    We have lots of Red Admirals here, too, and that one looks like it's been around the block a few times!

    The Gold Bug is a Golden Tortoise Beetle - check out my July 8th post on my blog. It can voluntarily change its appearance in response to stress. Very cool bug!

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