"I'm not really a career person.I'm a gardener,basically.".....George Harrison

Friday, April 24, 2009

A Wasp Tale........

While taking my morning stroll through our veggie plot-just checking on things,as we all do-this morning.I spotted something all over one of the tomato plants.EEEk! What the H-E-double hockey sticks is that ?!
I made a frantic call to my dad,who,from my description of these monsters,surmised they were probably some sort of parasitic wasp."Just leave 'em alone." I was told.

However,me being me,could not leave well enough alone.Oh no....not me.I just have to get involved....I grabbed the killer hose and blasted those suckers to kingdom come!

Then ,and only then,did I peruse the Internet to find out just exactly what those dastardly creatures were. They're Braconid Wasps.A tomato growers friend!Not foe.Ack!!!what had I done?I ran back outside,and thankfully the hosing had not deterred them one bit.They're they were,right where they had been before.Take that tomato hornworms!


And,just because I'm in a rambling sort of mood,this beautiful Florida spring day,I thought I'd include some backyard visitors.......


And,of course,I just have to include the daily snapshot of my favorite gardening buddy.Today,he was watching me plant some spinach.

After I had finished,he/she chirped and flew right over my head!Jon has taken to calling me the Hawk Whisperer.However,I think this is as close as we're ever gonna get.those talons are a little scarey!
I hope everyone is enjoying their spring gardening.......


4 comments:

keewee said...

Your garden friend is waiting for you to scare up a critter for it's lunch.

2sweetnsaxy said...

Great shots. Thanks for sharing the info on the interesting looking bugs. I would have hosed them too. Who knew? The reason I don't grow tomatoes is I don't want to see those big, fat green worms.

VALKYRIEN said...

I really enjoyed reading the story behind the first shot! I would probably have done the same! No bugs on my plants - oh no!

And the photo is simply great!

Denise said...

I had to laugh when I read about you hosing those wasps off your tomato plant. You were following your instincts just like most of us would have done. Glad to hear they returned. Great photos, always an enjoyable visit. You've got a great blog here.

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