Do copperheads eat cicadas? It’s not a myth!

On a warm and dark summer night, cicadas emerging from their year-long underground foraging run straight into the mouths of hungry copperheads. Yes, copperheads – one of the three most common venomous snakes along the Gulf Coast.

The march of the cicada killers

Cicadas are emerging from their almost two-decade sleep and cicada killers will not be far behind. Compared to most insects in North America, the cicada killer is gigantic. The body can be two inches long, and the extended wingspan three to four inches long. It can be terrifying as it zips around the yard, dipping this way and that, looking for its prey, strongly resembling a giant, angry hornet.

variety of vegetables

What to do in your May garden

Our spring vegetable garden is looking pretty good right now. Tomatoes are filling out, beans have set blossoms and are starting to produce pods. Because of the cooler than average March and April weather, lettuce has probably not bolted yet. Peppers are also setting fruit just about now, eggplant looks good, strawberries are turning red.…

Controlling Pests in your spring garden

Our job is not only to manage our gardens but to manage the organisms that benefit our gardens. Mass and indiscriminate spraying of pesticides kill not only the ubiquitous stink bugs but also bees, ladybugs, praying mantids, and other beneficial insect predators.

Winter is a haven for birds

It’s literally freezing outside, but I took some moments to do a little bird watching. Since my office borders the waterway, I see a great many waterfowl around. Last year, I saw an eagle catch a fish, land about 100 yards away and proceed to feed. Awesome sight. Today, despite the freezing temperature  – or…

Anyone can propagate plants…squirrels, birds and other animals do it regularly

I often reseed my natives by stripping some of the ripe seed heads in the fall. Some I spread on soil in the yard, and some I save in old medicine pill bottles for future use. I also start some collected seeds in starter pots for transplanting into the garden after they sprout.

Winter is a haven for birds here

(Photo: Black-bellied whistling duck. Photo courtesy of Cornell Ornithology Lab.) It’s literally freezing outside, but I took some moments to do a little bird watching. Since my office borders the waterway, I see a great many waterfowl around. Last year, I saw an eagle catch a fish, land about 100 yards away and proceed to…

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