In the cool of the morning I walk through the field checking in on all the plants, looking to see what needs my attention. Frequently I find myself in awe of the various insects inhabiting the farm. Pests or bad bugs like aphids don’t hold my attention, they only annoy me as I stare at their destruction of my crops.
But beneficial bugs aka good bugs, I thoroughly enjoy watching as they crawl around the plants and swoop in to have a meal … on the bad bugs. Recently I have seen ladybugs in all the various life-cycle forms, hover flies, green lacewings, and last year’s favorite discovery the soldier beetle.
Many times I just sit back and watch them in action occasionally trying to catch their image on camera. Throughout the year I maintain habitat for the good bugs to live in, so they will stay on the farm and continue their tireless work of eating the bad bugs.