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Fennel Life #7

This bug-eyed and hairy fennel-lover is covered in fennel pollen, so is clearly performing value-added services as it patrols the flower-head.

Fennel Life #7

This bug-eyed and hairy fennel-lover is covered in fennel pollen, so is clearly performing value-added services as it patrols the flower-head.

comments (11)

  • Lisl
  • England
  • 20 Mar 2018, 05:42
I can now picture your fennel covered in little creatures like this - I am amazed at how varied fennel life is
Ray: Not done yet, Lisl! smile
Que de monde varié sur ce fenouil...Tu n'as pas du t'ennuyer à  surveiller tous ces insectes ..
Merci pour les photos
Ray: Je m'ennuie rarement quand je suis dans le jardin avec une caméra, Claudine.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 20 Mar 2018, 07:23
It looks disgusting Ray.
Ray: It would probably view you as a horror show escapee, too, Chad.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 20 Mar 2018, 07:25
a bit ticklish for the fennel- lady?
Ray: I think their relationship works just fine, Philine.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 20 Mar 2018, 07:32
The fennel should be eternally grateful to have its doodahs tickled so professionally
Ray: I expect its doodahs are pulsating with the pleasure of its touch, Chris!
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 20 Mar 2018, 07:34
I hope when I'm enjoying my fennel any features that have walked over it have washed their feet first.
Ray: I believe they are thoroughly trained in all aspects of Food Hygiene, Alan...be reassured.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 20 Mar 2018, 07:34
I hope when I'm enjoying my fennel any features that have walked over it have washed their feet first.
Which came first...the fennel or the bugs?
Ray: As far as our garden is concerned, Bill, the bugs came first.

In Nature's grand scheme of things of course gawd bunged them into the Web-of-Life at the same time so they would amuse each other and have something to do until gawd turned his mind to inventing TV.

Something like that...
You can even see the cilia (?)
Ray: [Blush]...can you see it, Larry?

Oooops...perhaps I should have set the "Caution...Adult Material" flag...









smile
There is a recent article in the New Yorker that gives a comprehensive look at the brown marmorated stink bug that I mentioned last year with my photo of our common stinkbug. If you look up that phrase you will find it on google. I had already read it in the magazine but it popped up in a recent search. Really worth a look - like your photo. smile
Ray: Yes...I had seen that NY article, and a previous one from a few years ago when the pest was first seen in USA...it seems USA has a significant ecology problem from this alien.
A most unusual looking bug.
Ray: Tomorrow I have some beauties to show, Brian.

I showed this one to illustrate the pollenation process and how it is not just bees doing the work.

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