23 January 2014

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Resident grandbaby Keith plays in a washtub with visiting grandbaby Hazel from Canada – with all my grandchildren here (there are two bigger ones, too), how can I think about anything else?
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Nonetheless, Granddaddy harvested corn and is so proud he wanted good photos this time around.
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 This photo allows for a peek at the cobs.  You can see that the yellow corn is sitting on a purple cob.  Strange, eh?
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Remember Buzzy, the naked-neck local chicken we got last August.   He became a Daddy this week !
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This was Buzzy Jr.  He was cute while he lasted.  His egg accidentally got rolled in the last 24 hours before hatching and so he was too stressed and didn’t make it.  But at least we know Old Buzzy is a virile fellow.
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STRANGE BUG OF THE WEEK
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I don’t know what it is – and I know the picture is horribly fuzzy – but this bug has a huge spray of antennae on each side of its head.  Super-sensors.  According to Akka this bug can tell if there is a suitable mate within 20 kilometers.
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RETRACTION!
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I was wrong – AGAIN.   This photo from last week I said was mud dauber grubs – well, Dr. Smarty Pants informed me that they are NOT mud dauber grubs.  They are cabbage worm grubs that the mud dauber stole and put in the nest.  This is his whole explanation:  “Those ‘grubs’ are paralyzed caterpillars.  The wasps sting them a bit and then stuff them in the mud house and lay an egg in each cell, and the developing wasp larvae eats the caterpillars alive.  The other species of mud dauber  only catches spiders for their nest.  Unlike paper wasps, the completed nests have no adults on them (the entire thing is made by a single female wasp), so they can just be removed and cracked open and the larvae fed to the chicks.”
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What a hard way to come by some chicken food!
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4 thoughts on “23 January 2014

    • Hey Karolyn – thanks for a helpful comment. Using “insect false eyelahes” I was able to find a stock photo! Will stick it in next week. I just couldn’t think of any way to describe it to find it before.

    • Oh Candace – please come and take ALL of them. They build mud nests on everything – in high rafters, on luggage, on hanging clothes, you name it ….. even when we have screens on the house (how they get in, I never know). I’m glad you enjoyed the post,

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