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Haiku: Summer Garden Insects

Updated on April 22, 2016

Rodney Dangerfield should have been the spokesperson for the insect population with his "I can't get no respect!" It's tough out there because most garden lovers hate bugs!

After the spring aphid colonies have moved on from the flush of tender new growth on my roses, the heat of summer brings another wave of insects which consider my garden the perfect place to raise successive generations. Luckily, the same is true for the birds and lizards! It is rare that I have to use anything other than an occasional organic control like Bt or spinosad against the thrips in my flower planters, citrus leaf miner on my lemons, and the hornworms on my tomatoes. Nature does the rest with its effective food chain. Even the tiny trichogramma wasps parasitize the remaining aphids on my shrubs. I prefer to sit back in my hammock under the tree canopy and enjoy the bird chatter and the flitting swallowtails while trying to think how I can keep the darn squirrels out of the apricots!

I hope you enjoy my summer insect haiku.


Green fruit beetle ( cotinus mutabilis) from the scarab beetle family
Green fruit beetle ( cotinus mutabilis) from the scarab beetle family | Source


Shadowed moths descend

With eggs of decimation.

Crickets serenade.

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Rotting summer figs-

Fruit beetles feast royally.

To each his treasure.

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A languid lizard

Seizes a napping cricket.

Alfresco dining!

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Among rose petals

In sun-warmed depths I find

A blissful earwig.

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Bright orange dragonflies,

In humming reconnaissance,

Jazz up my fish pond.

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© 2011 Catherine Tally

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      Harlan Colt 5 years ago from the Rocky Mountains

      oops you missed one...

      Spider creeps along the wall above my bed

      I grab a slipper, SMACK! He's dead.

      LOL

      - Harlan

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      Catherine Tally 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      That's a good one! Thanks for reading :>)

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      Kathi 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      This is such a fun little hub. I like learning the names of the insects and right now is the perfect time of year to refresh our memories! Full of joy!

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      Catherine Tally 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Hi Kathi,

      Thanks for the nice comments! Hope you are enjoying Spring:>)

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      This was great and informative too with wonderful pics to match. Nice job!

      Sharyn

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      isabelprontes 5 years ago

      Love this! Very witty and great pics!

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      Catherine Tally 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Sharyn,

      I really appreciate your kind comments. Thanks for following :>)

      Thank you,Isabel. I am glad you are following me. I enjoy reading your hubs too. I like your comments and am happy you found my haiku witty :>)

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      Miss Lil' Atlanta 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      What a beautiful, well written poem! I just love poetry; it truly is the art of words.

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      Catherine Tally 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thank you,Miss Lil' Atlanta! I appreciate your nice compliment and am glad you are following me :>)

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      moonfairy 5 years ago

      you have quite a way with words and the pictures are just amazing. thanks for sharing your wonderful talent!!

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Wonderful haiku once again Cat. We have had an influx of insects this Summer. I don't mind them in the garden where they mostly take care of each other, but they are a nuisance at night when the light attracts them into the house. We have had a severe moth plague which lasted for almost a week..the outside walls and windows were covered in them and a pesky few made their way inside as well. Same thing happened with flying ants after the rain. Voted up.

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      Catherine Tally 2 years ago from Los Angeles

      Hi John,

      I agree that bug infestations in the house are really nasty and hard to tolerate. I'll admit to waging war against Argentine ants in late summer when they come in to live in my kitchen for a month. I still refuse to use anything other than homemade boric acid traps or diatomaceous earth powder. Sticky traps and pheromone attractants should work well for you unless you can find the larval source for the moths. In that case, Bt is your best bet.

      Thanks for taking a look - glad you enjoyed these! Take care, Cat:)

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for the advice Cat, we try to use all natural products too.

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