This photo–which appears to show just a jumble of plants–actually shows an invasive brown marmorated stink bug on the orchid spike in the photo. Since the new year, I have been having a mini invasion of sorts. They have never been a problem before for me, either in the house or the garden.
I know enough not to kill them. If they are somewhere where I can catch them and toss them outside, that’s what I do. Otherwise, they seem to die rather quickly on their own. Problem solved.
On the same day that I took this photo, I heard the unmistakable calls of grackles. Sure enough, the next morning, I saw one strutting around on my neighbor’s lawn.
That may not seem strange where you live, but they’re a full 3 weeks earlier than usual here. Is spring really on its way?