aka The Frazzled Mom
I stay as far away from creepy, crawlies in my garden. I leave them alone, they leave me alone. Especially spiders. Lately, my orange tree has been under attack by the leafminer. Boo! I have to wait for five years to see if my fruit tree is truly ruined or not, but I suspect it is. The oranges produced this year were “messed up”. That is to say, they wouldn’t turn orange like they should when ripe and some of the shapes were mutated, not the perfectly round. When your orange looks like a butt (sorry, but one of them did), then it could be the tree is infected with the bacteria from this stupid bugs.
Anyway…that’s not the point of this post, that something so small can make a mighty big mess out of my tree. Boo again, I say!
I’ve tried to be diligent about removing the infected leaves, spraying neem oil (organic) to ward off these bugs and hopefully encourage friendly pest to move into the neighborhood. While I was making my usual clippings, I noticed what looked like a curled up dead leaf. I reached out to remove it only to realize I’d grabbed a mantis by the leg. Eww. Okay, I didn’t freak out as much as if it were a spider. The whole city would have heard that one. Instead, I found myself apologizing to the bug. *sigh* Sometimes I wonder about my mental state…
Here’s hoping he’s still preying in my backyard.