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Adam’s oyster mushrooms. We sauteed these for dinner one night last week. Wonderful!
Progress in the hoop house. In the back are the vermicomposting bins, which should be up and running soon.
Borage. It has both medicinal and culinary uses, and the pollinators love it!
Baby mouse! We’ve found a nest of four of these in two different beds the last two days in the garden. We’ve moved them to get them out of the way for planting – hopefully mother’s found them!
This is a Laphria sp. robber fly, a mimic (obviously) of bumblebees. It certainly tricked us! We didn’t realize it was a fly until we got closer, and even then I had to look for the halteres (diminutive second wings) to be sure. Laphria robber flies are known to hunt and eat bees and other robber flies.
Monarch butterfly caterpillar on its host plant, milkweed. Milkweed flowers and seed pods are edible, incidentally, and fairly tasty.
A mason wasp, Ancistrocerus unifasciatus. These wasps seem to be nesting above my window, and they periodically find their way into my room, where I have to transport them back outside. They are not social but nest near others of their kind. There is not much information on this species, but it seems that adult mason wasps in general harvest nectar from flowers, while eggs and larvae are provisioned with paralyzed caterpillars, beetle larvae, and other such live meat.