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Montgomery, Alabama, United States
I'm a Zone 8. I'm doing a little gardening to satisfy a curiosity to see whether or not I can do it. People make it look so easy-- what's stopping me from making it work? Contrary to my name ("Hana" means flower in Japanese) I have a history of killing plants. Well, most of them. Let's see how this one goes!

Thursday, April 3, 2008


Just a random photo post of cool critters I've seen around the place.

A honeybee of some sort. This particularly made me smile because I had just watched a PBS documentary on Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD)-- essentially the unexplained disappearance of workers-- in American honeybees, which made me both sad and a bit concerned. It's sort of a big deal. Anyway, here are a couple links about it:
The Wiki article on it

A little brown skink who came skittering out when I was pulling up Bermuda grass. At first I thought it was an insect because it was so tiny. Then I thought it was a snake because I didn't see the tiny, insignificantly sized legs. For scale, I put down a clothespin--

It has to be the smallest lizard I've ever encountered. Cute little thing, yeah?

Now for something not cute. I have no idea what this is-- some sort of bagworm or caddisfly or something, but essentially it's an inchworm who has decided to burden itself with a cone of garbage. I found this one hanging out on a pea plant, probably planning its destruction.

I found this guy out today doing... something. I was hoping that he was eating bugs, but alas from the pictures you can see that he was just collecting root bits for some other insidious purpose.


Lee17 said...

Oh! I just love taking photos of critters. I think what you have there is a Ground Skink. How nifty ;)

Amy said...

Yep, the CCD stuff is pretty scary. I'm hoping to plant more things the bees like around my yard. Love the little lizard!

Crafty Gardener said...

Lots of great photos of the critters. We have blujays in our garden too.

Dee/reddirtramblings said...

That sure looks like a bagworm to me. Glad your hand is better.~~Dee

Karen said...

Cute photos of the critters. I don't have lizards in my zone, but when we visit relatives in Alabama my daughter(7) just loves catching them and wants to bring them home.

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