This and That

I have taken various photos around my yard that don’t really go together so here is a post of “this and that”.  I was trying to change the focus on my camera and took I shot into the wooded area.  It turned out pretty good.

I came across this giant 3 inch bug on the cobble rocks.  It was dead and not something I want to see flying at me while alive.  I’m not really sure what it is and spent some time looking at pictures of cockroaches to identify it. I had enough of that and gave up.

Peruvian Lily (Alstroemeria psittacina) is pretty, but don’t ever plant them.  I was looking for its botanical name and an article came up asking how to get rid of them.

This chubby skink with no color or stripes was sunning on a rock one afternoon.

I had to buy a new Passion Flower plant this year as the Gulf Fritillary Butterfly caterpillars totally ate my last one.

I just thought this Rosy Wolf Snail was pretty against the moss rock.

And that is it for “this and that”.


25 Comments on “This and That”

  1. Christina says:

    I wish Alstroemeria were that sort of problem. I have problems trying to find where to buy them and give them the conditions they want.

  2. shoreacres says:

    Your cockroach may not be a cockroach. I found a big, black bug and sent its photo off to BugGuide, and got a positive ID on it. I’m not at home now, so I can’t give you the name or show it to you, because all that info is on my home computer. But I can recommend BugGuide. It’s easy to submit a photo, and really quite amazing how quickly an ID can be received. from one of the people there.

    The woods photo is lovely. I have yet to see a wolf snail. They’re attractive, too.

  3. I admit to loving that Alstroemeria, a great cutflower.

  4. tonytomeo says:

    ! What is that little palm hiding behind the pine in the first picture?! Does it happen to be a dwarf palmetto?! I have never seen a real one. There is a variety that is native to southeastern Oklahoma. It is supposedly not much to look at, but I really want to grow it anyway, just because of where it is from.

    • These are considered a nuisance here, so I never paid much attention to what they are. Gardeners say they can never be killed and If your property is full of them, it will probably flood. The natural area across the street that is full of them did flood. Here is the info I found, it is a Dwarf Palmetto, Sabal minor and seems to grow in the southeast. This is a website you can check out.

      • tonytomeo says:

        Thank you. That is what it looked like. I have found that those who have them do not like them much. I do not have them, and have never seen them, so It is okay for me to like them. I intend to obtain a specimen from Oklahoma, just for bragging rights. Thank you.

  5. Deb says:

    That large bug looks like a giant water beetle… are you close to water or swamp water? Love the Passion flower!

  6. Eliza Waters says:

    Lots happening in your yard. 🙂 I believe the insect was a cicada of some kind. They mostly live in the ground, come up into trees to breed, making a heckuva racket, then die. 😉

  7. carol says:

    I shuddered when I saw your passionflower. I, too, planted them for the frits but two years later, the plants took over my beds, covering my hedges, running under my walks and popping up on the other side, even appearing in the lawn. I’m still digging, spraying and yanking up every one I see. They have long roots that run everywhere. I now have one small root in a concrete pot that I will allow to trellis climb but that’s it! I’m in Florida, zone 8.

  8. pbmgarden says:

    The Alstroemeria is pretty. I’ve managed to kill mine, even though I was warned they’re tenacious.

  9. That bug looks like it’s in full armour!

  10. Patrick says:

    It looks like a giant water bug – Lethocerus sp.
    Here’s the Wikipedia entry:

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