"Every spring is the only spring, a perpetual astonishment." - Ellis Peters
It must be true, because I don't remember a more beautiful season.
The beds, of course, are a terrible mess...leaf-choked, overrun with Helleborus seedlings, drooping ferns that need cut back, the works. I hope I've got time to get my hands in the dirt this weekend.
I've loved seeing the little creatures return with the increasingly warm weather. I saw my first daring jumping spider of the season...my very favorite! What a beauty!!!
These brown marmorated stink bugs have overwintered in our walls (shudder!) and come out, a few at a time. You'll notice that they have tiny red simple eyes (ocelli), like cicadas, located behind their large compound eyes.
Their bodies are shield-shaped.
Not to be confused with leaf-footed bugs. Also shield-shaped...
...but with a distinctive leaf-life growth on the hind legs.
Carpenter ants, too, are busy building a nest by the base of a tree in our front yard.
I knelt down to watch them industriously removing grains of sand from the entrance until they perceived my presence and stopped.
I let them get back to work after a few minutes, but I'll keep track of their progress.
Hope you're seeing some green wherever you live. Have a great week!