Saturday, March 21, 2009

It's a Bug's Life

It was sunny today, so I hefted my bucket of compost from last year down to the communal garden. The compost is still in decomposing mode so it was pretty mucky and smelly. I spread all the contents out with a shovel. It should dry out and continue breaking down into nutritious soil by the time I can start gardening in earnest.

When I stuck my shovel into the dirt, I came upon a mysterious inhabitant. Here he is below:





No, I didn't smash him with my shovel. I buried him again. He's safe and sound waiting for some yummy roots to eat now. Technically, I SHOULD have smashed him since the roots he'd be eating would be my plants, but I'm not ready to garden yet and I hate to kill anything unnecessarily in the garden. I found this same kind of grub last year, and it didn't seem to do any damage. Besides, he might be a June Bug larvae, and I LOVE June Bugs. I think they are so cool cuz they're so big and look so pretty with their pale green and white striped backs.

Maybe I'll see this little soil inhabitant again one day when he's all grown up!

5 comments:

Giftbearer said...

Very interesting and great pictures! I need to keep the grubs away from my garden this year. They can kill vegetable plants in no time by gnawing through the roots or main stem. Here in Georgia they can be quite a problem!

Mytutorlist.com said...

Oh dear! Luckily, these grubs haven't been very bad here. I haven't noticed any problems at all so far, but I'll keep an eye out for it.

Howling Caterpillars said...

100 Good karma points...I save earthworms from puddles for 1 Good Karma point each...

Mytutorlist.com said...

Lol! I didn't realize the earthworms in puddles needed saving! When I was a kid, I'd squat and watch the aquatic wrigglers, thinking they were being born there... oops!

Later on, in high school, my friend and I started "Earthworms Anonymous". Our mission was to save earthworms from hot,dry pavement on sunny days. Lol...

RitaSmeeta said...

ohmygoodness, that was too cute! I'm glad you didn't smash him! :D